Cambridge, Massachusetts will start paying its ‘married’ gay workers extra to offset a marriage deduction that married heterosexual workers are allowed under federal law.
But starting this month, Cambridge will become what is believed to be the first municipality in the country to pay its public employees a stipend in an attempt to defray the cost of the federal tax on health benefits for their same-sex spouses.
One quote I find particularly entertaining due to its flawed logic:
“This is about equality,” said Marjorie Decker, a Cambridge city councilor. “This is a city that models what equality really means.”
So in order to treat people equally we need to pay them unequally..?..? Does that really pass for logic in the year 2011?
Other nincompoop elected officials use the same logic:
“This is ultimately a fairness issue. Two people who do the exact same job should be paid exactly the same for what they are doing at work,” said Leland Cheung, a Cambridge City Councilor who pushed for a proposal with fellow councilor E. Denise Simmons, who is openly gay.
So how does paying people who do the same job different amounts create equality? I am not a proponent of paying people the same exact amount for the same job – because two people never work exactly the same. But to argue ‘that different’ equals ‘the same’ is crazy.
So my question is this:
1. Is this legal? Can people be paid different amounts because of their sexual preference?
2. Will this change your image of Cambridge, Massachusetts?
3. Can we force Cambridge out of the commonwealth and replace it with a parking lot?
4. Why do we allow Cambridge to embarrass us like this?