Reflecting on the recent riots in the UK, Australian columnist Miranda Devine received a fair bit of criticism for suggesting that fatherlessness was a key cause of the problem, especially from supporters of same-sex marriage. Responding to those criticisms in a column today, Miranda says:

“On ABC-TV's Q&A on Monday night came an extraordinary question from an audience member who said: "The criticism of Senator Wong is based on the homophobic idea that a child is entitled to having both a father and a mother."

“So there you have it. It is homophobic to say a child is entitled to a mother and a father.

“Yet not one person on the panel could find the courage to knock the assertion on the head.”

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