Thousands of Australians have already signed an open letter to Julia Gillard, asking her to maintain her pre-election affirmation that “marriage is between a man and a woman”.
The letter mentions research showing that marriage is the most enduring of human sexual relationships – more stable than male-female cohabitation and far more stable than homosexual relationships. Children raised by their married parents do better than those raised by cohabiting parents, who do better than those raised by same-sex partners. Children brought up in non-marriage contexts have higher rates of physical and mental health problems, child abuse, criminality, drug abuse and poor academic performance.
Research showing the benefits of man-woman marriage has been documented in two resource papers, Marriage versus Civil Unions and The Deconstruction of Marriage. Moreover, a report by Brian Camenker of Massachusetts outlines the impact on families in that US state when same-sex couples were allowed to “marry”.
Dr David Phillips, National president of FamilyVoice Australia, has invited all who want to preserve the time-honoured meaning of marriage as a voluntary, lifelong, exclusive union of a man and a woman, to sign a copy of the open letter and return it to FamilyVoice national office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 18 March 2011.
Copies will be presented to the Prime Minister and to all other members of the federal parliament.
- Family and parenthood
- Government and society
- Marriage and sexuality