J, Scott Moody
J. Scott Moody

J. Scott Moody, “economist” for the anti-gay Cornerstone organization in New Hampshire, claims that marriage equality is bad for the economy. He claims that marriage equality leads to a shrinking population. He also claims that “many” states have repealed same-sex marriage recognition. Seriously?

Cornerstone seems to have a staff of four and an operating budget of $72,000/year. Mr. Moody is also married to the organization’s executive director.  He made these, and other claims, to the editorial board of Foster’s Daily Democratnewspaper.

In a rambling and incoherent “presentation” Mr. Moody apparently asserts that declining birth and marriage rates in the United States are the direct result of the recent recognition of same-sex marriages in six states plus the District of Columbia. I remain mystified how Moody correlates his data to marriage equality. As the editorial board noted:

Moody did not provide charts or actual sources for this claim.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.