True cost of marriage equality
REGARDING “Gay man slams same- sex marriage ballot” ( TB, 9/ 8/ 17) – a Townsville man, Terry Stewart, objects to the move to spend $ 122 million on a non- binding postal ballot.
As a taxpayer, he believed a postal vote was “an unnecessary use of government funds”.
Mr Stewart does not seem to understand that a vote to allow for same- sex marriage would result in much greater expense for the taxpayer, and much harm for the community in human terms.
Rodney Croome of the organisation “Just Equal” and spokesman for LGBTI wants what the name implies, marriage equality, but another spokeswoman for LGBTI disagrees.
On the day after the plebiscite was first rejected early in the year she said “No, we don’t want ‘ equal’. We want ‘ the same’. It will make it easier for us to get children”. ( ABC Mornings). Some of those children will be obtained through adoption, but most will be obtained through IVF which the taxpayer will have to subsidise, as well as the surrogate mothers employed by male couples.
Taxpayers in favour of same- sex marriage might be wise to think again. CECILY MACALPINE,