True cost of mar­riage equal­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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,

Mag­netic Is­land.

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