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TAS votes to uphold marriage
Tuesday, October 29, 2013


“The defeat (6:8) of Ruth Forrest’s motion to debate the Same Sex Marriage Bill in the Tasmanian Legislative Council today is good news for our community,” FamilyVoice Tasmania state officer Jim Collins said today.

“Redefining marriage would alter the definition for everyone.  This 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.  We especially thank MLCs Rosemary Armitage, Ivan Dean, Adriana Taylor, Vanessa Goodwin, Leonie Hiscutt, Paul Harriss, Greg Hall and Tania Rattray, who voted against the Forrest motion.

“Moreover our legal advice supports what Liberal MPs and others have argued in today’s debate – that marriage is the responsibility of the commonwealth parliament.  A state same sex “marriage” bill would be constitutionally invalid because it would be in conflict with the federal Marriage Act,” Mr Collins said.

“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.

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,” Mr Collins said.  

“The push to redefine marriage fails to recognise the unique contributions that natural marriage offers society.  Let’s strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” Jim Collins said.

* 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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