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Same-Sex Marriage Advocate Lectures on ‘Economics and Happiness’ at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University will host a lecture by an economist who has argued publicly for same-sex marriage and linked abortion with reduced crime rates, according to Gonzaga News.

Justin Wolfers, a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, will lecture on “From Dismal Science to Happy Science: Economics and Happiness” at the Economics Symposium and Luncheon on Gonzaga’s campus on April 8.

The event is hosted by the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration, its Dean’s office and the Economics Symposium Steering Committee. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of eight.

In 2012, Wolfers co-authored a piece entitled  “The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage” for Bloomberg View which stated, “The best way to let marriage thrive in the 21st century is to embrace the new model of equality and to welcome all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.”

He added, “Not allowing them to marry is as arbitrary as not allowing couples of different races, ethnicities or religions to marry.”

On the issue of abortion, Wolfers, in a piece called “Abortion’s Secret Legacy,” posited a link between the reduction of crime rates and the legalization of abortion. “There is enough evidence that we should be suspicious next time we hear a politician or police chief taking responsibility for the latest drop in crime rates,” he wrote. “And the good news is that if this theory is correct, the fall in crime rates is here to stay.”

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