Sen. Cornyn: We Can't Repeal DOMA Because Discrimination Is Cheaper Than Equality

November 14, 2011 2:30 pm ET — Julia Krieger

Sen. John Cornyn

Republicans have worked themselves into a tizzy this year coming up with bogus excuses to prevent equal rights for gay Americans, but last week Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) got extra creative. Explaining to Judiciary Committee why the Senate shouldn't repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Cornyn reasoned that equal treatment for same sex couples is just too expensive:

"Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) would actually result in an expansion of federal benefits and spending at a time when we know that federal spending is way out of control and our entitlement programs are unsustainable," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

"Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act would actually increase the cost of Social Security that is already insolvent," he added. "No one has paid into the Social Security system expecting benefits to be paid to same sex partners."

Of course, Cornyn is probably aware that denying citizens equal rights isn't the only way to improve Social Security's finances. Lifting the income cap on payroll taxes, for example, would make Social Security solvent for the next 75 years, but it seems Cornyn would rather protect rich Americans than give equal benefits to same sex couples.