Opponents: Same Sex Marriage Report Flawed

Written by John DeSio on . Posted in Posts, Sex & Relationships.


At least one group is unhappy with Comptroller Bill Thompson’s report on the economic boom same-sex marriage could provide to the City.

The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York, a group of clergy and attorney’s working from the right on the issue, sent out a release today criticizing Thompson’s report as not only lacking in financial sense but moral standing. And it does so in particularly harsh tones.

"Even if the Comptroller’s
analysis were plausible, his report would by no means justify the reshaping of
our state’s most basic social unit to accommodate the preferences of a small,
vocal special interest group.  While same-sex weddings might
conceivably increase tourism, it goes without saying that the Legislature could
enact other laws–such as laws allowing prostitution–that might increase
tourism, but that would nonetheless be contrary to the best interests of our
state," says the release.

The full statement is after the jump.


Coalition to Save Marriage in
New York

Capitol Station Post Office

P.O. Box
7252

Albany
,
New York 12224

www.savemarriageny.org

Press Release
June 6, 2007

Responding to the NYC
Comptroller’s Report on the Potential Economic Impact of Same-Sex Marriage

On June 5, 2007, the New York
City Comptroller issued a glowing report entitled "Love Counts:  The
Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York."  The report touts the
alleged economic benefits that would result from the legalization of same-sex
marriage in the Empire
State
.  The report
must be seen for what it is–a piece of advocacy supporting a particular
political viewpoint, not an unbiased examination of an important issue.

The conclusions reached in
the report are based on little more than guesswork.  The report is
littered with dozens of "assumptions" and "estimates"; for
instance, the report "estimates"–with no stated factual
foundation–that more than 56,000 same-sex couples would travel from other
states to obtain marriage licenses in New
York
if same-sex marriage became legal here. 
The paucity of hard facts in the report, combined with the array of
predictions, suppositions and presumptions made by the Comptroller’s Office,
makes it impossible for an unbiased reader to reach any conclusion about the
financial impact that same-sex marriage would have on our state.

Even if the Comptroller’s
analysis were plausible, his report would by no means justify the reshaping of
our state’s most basic social unit to accommodate the preferences of a small,
vocal special interest group.  While same-sex weddings might conceivably
increase tourism, it goes without saying that the Legislature could enact other
laws–such as laws allowing prostitution–that might increase tourism, but that
would nonetheless be contrary to the best interests of our state.

The Comptroller’s report pays
only lip service to the significant concern that the legalization of same-sex
marriage might once again require New
York
businesses to shoulder additional financial
burdens because of government’s devil-may-care attitude towards the employers
of our state.  The hemorrhage of businesses and jobs to North Carolina and other points south speaks
volumes on that issue.

Finally, the report is
glaringly silent on other economic factors that are directly relevant to the
long-term impact of legalizing same-sex marriage.  In Scandinavia,
the grant of marriage rights to same-sex couples starting in the late 1980s and
early 1990s has resulted in an overall decrease in marriages, as same-sex
unions have played a role in undermining the institution of marriage.  The
result there has been a significant increase in out-of-wedlock births. 
Will such results bring long-term economic wellbeing to the Empire State?

The Comptroller’s report is
nothing more than a political puff piece that does not even begin to address
the complexity of the financial repercussions–let alone the other
repercussions–involved in the Governor’s proposed marriage legislation.

 

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