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Natural marriage preserved in New South Wales
Thursday, November 14, 2013

“I thank the 21 NSW Upper House MPs who voted for justice and true equality this afternoon,” FamilyVoice state officer Graeme Mitchell said today.

The defeat (19:21) of the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill is good news for our community. Redefining marriage from its natural and time-honoured meaning would have harmful ripple effects in the areas of religious freedom, education and children’s sense of identity.

“I am glad our MPs appreciate the importance of upholding man-woman marriage, in line with federal laws,” Mr Mitchell said. “A state ‘same sex marriage’ bill would not provide the equality its proponents seek because such a ‘marriage’ would be legally as well as physically different from everyone else’s marriage. It would also be constitutionally invalid because it would be inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act.

“Marriage is fundamentally a complementary union of a man and a woman who have the potential to conceive and raise the next generation with both male and female role models.

Children do best with mum and dad
Gold standard research by Dr Mark Regnerus, based on a very large randomised sample with matched controls and objective reports by the children in adulthood, shows that children do best on a whole range of measures when raised by their married biological mum and dad. Another gold standard study on child abuse and neglect, which looked at outcomes in six different family types, found that children are safest by far when raised by their natural married parents.*

“The marriage debate has been hampered by a biased media which touts the success of same-sex parenting. Our leaders should look carefully at valid research where the parents are randomly selected and their children are assessed objectively and independently. The current study of same-sex parenting by Melbourne University has poor methodology: it has recruited volunteers who assess their own children’s progress. Lead researcher Simon Crouch, who is raising two young children with his male partner, has a conflict of interest that is rarely reported,” Graeme Mitchell said.

“We pray that truth will ultimately prevail. Today’s vote is a first step.”


* Fourth US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, Part 5: Incidence by Family Structure, January 2010. http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/cap/cap-conferences/rd-conference/rd-conference-papers/sedlaknis.pdf



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  • Family and parenthood
  • Marriage and sexuality

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