Money case doesn’t add up
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