Would the legalization of same-sex marriage cost the taxpayers more money for public assistance programs?

There is no legitimate reason to believe so. If anything such marriages would be less likely to cause taxpayers more money for public assistance than do relationships between unmarried men and women or those that are divorced. Millions of tax dollars are spent for the care of children of unwed mothers, and children of "deadbeat" parents, that is hardly a universal problem in gay and lesbian communities.

However, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that extending federal benefits to same sex couples will cost taxpayers $898 million by 2018.