Money case doesn’t add up

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

In a de­bate char­ac­terised by inane clichés and dis­trac­tions from both the “Yes” and the “No” ad­vo­cates, Mike Sec­combe beats them all with his de­tailed ex­po­si­tion about “the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of chang­ing the Mar­riage Act” (“The money case for gay mar­riage”, Septem­ber 30-Oc­to­ber 6). Over the course of more than a thou­sand words – nearly twice as much as he de­votes to ex­plain­ing the health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits to le­gal­is­ing same-sex mar­riage – he cal­cu­lates the value at well over a bil­lion dol­lars to the econ­omy and be­moans the fact that “the ‘Yes’ cam­paign has not put a lot of em­pha­sis” on this. Does The Satur­day Pa­per con­sider its read­er­ship so shal­low that we will con­sider the im­pact on gross do­mes­tic prod­uct when eval­u­at­ing the so­cial in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage and the laws that sup­port it, or is this ab­sur­dity a sign of the ed­i­to­rial team’s own fail­ing moral com­pass?

– Paul Cocks, Ivan­hoe, Vic

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