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Why kids need both a mum and a dad
Monday, August 6, 2012

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings’ plan to legalise same-sex “marriage” would legislate for children to be intentionally separated from birth from either their biological mum or dad, said FamilyVoice Tasmania state officer Jim Collins. 

Mr Collins said fathers and mothers have different and complementary styles of parenting, and they provide important male and female role models for children. 

“Ms Giddings should read Robert Lopez’s account of the challenges he faced growing up in a household with two lesbian mothers,” Mr Collins said.

In an article published on Public Discourse today, Mr Lopez wrote: “My peers learned all the unwritten rules of decorum and body language in their homes; they understood what was appropriate to say in certain settings and what wasn’t; they learned both traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine social mechanisms.

“I had no male figure at all to follow, and my mother and her partner were both unlike traditional fathers or mothers. As a result, I had very few recognisable social cues to offer potential male or female friends, since I was neither confident nor sensitive to others.  Thus I befriended people rarely and alienated others easily.”

“When I got to college, I set off everyone’s ‘gaydar’ and the campus LGBT group quickly descended upon me to tell me it was 100 per cent certain I must be a homosexual.  When I came out as bisexual, they told everyone I was lying and just wasn’t ready to come out of the closet as gay yet,” Mr Lopez said.

“Mr Lopez’s struggles are not unique.  His experiences reinforce what many studies show: that fathers and mothers are both important.  The two most loving mothers in the world cannot father,” Mr Collins said.

“Even pro-homosexual sociologists acknowledge that same-sex parenting affects the child’s sexuality.  Children of lesbians are more likely to engage in homosexual behaviour and are less likely to conform to gender norms.1

“Changing the definition of marriage would significantly affect our next generation.  Marriage is an important social good, associated with a broad array of positive outcomes for children and adults alike.  Has Ms Giddings considered the negative implications of tinkering with it?”

1.       Judith Stacey and Timothy J Biblarz, “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?” American Sociological Review 66 (2001), pp. 159-183.


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