Famed female-loving financial guru Suze Orman had only one Valentine’s Day wish: The legalization of gay marriage. Yeah, me, too, Suze.
I’ve always liked Suze Orman. Unlike most of the financial talking heads, she dishes out advice in style that actually makes me listen, understand, and sometimes, laugh. Most TV financial advisors make me feel like a dumb teenager who steals their parents’ credit card to buy Britney tickets. (Dumb for stealing the credit card, not dumb for wanting to see Britney.)
Suze Orman dishes out advice like your cool aunt who comes over for dinner, sneaks away for cigarette breaks, and tells you that you were a schmuck for stealing your parents’ credit card. Then, in between reprimanding puffs, she tells you that she knows where you can buy the tickets for a third of the asking price and offers to go with you to the concert if you pay for the gas.
In 2007, Orman became even more of a bad ass in my book, when she came out of the closet and announced that she was in a long term relationship with one of the co-producers of her show, Kathy Travis.
Like many gay Americans, wishes to marry her partner but in true Suze fashion, she wants to do it for her heart and her wallet. Last year, shhe told the New York Times:
Both of us have millions of dollars in our name … It’s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa.
And on her show this weekend, she followed-up her statements by speaking out against the passing of Prop. 8, saying:
It is such a travesty that a few months ago Proposition 8 in California passed. Prop 2 in Florida passed. What is that about, everybody? We are taking away a birth right, if you ask me, for people to get the most out of their money that they have spent most of the lives making … Every single one of us deserves to have the same financial benefits whether we are gay or whether we are straight. Therefore we have got to do everything we can to turn that around. Every single one of us deserves to love, every single one of us deserves to be loved, and every single one of us deserves to be able to make the most out of what we have. That’s my Valentine’s wish for every single one of us.
Leave it to Suze Orman to show that you can indeed put a price on love. Let’s hope that this time next year, Suze, your Valentine’s Day wish comes true for you and your bank account.