For release: 18 June 2015
As the Greens use the Australian Senate this afternoon as a forum to celebrate the love of same-sex attracted adults, consideration should also be given to kids’ rights.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said no one doubted the ability of same-sex couples to love a baby, but the Greens never discuss the rights of children to be allowed to know their biological parents under their plans to redefine marriage.
Mr Shelton said the parliament should also consider the consequences for children.
“Different things don’t need to be redefined to grant justice. By abolishing husband and wife from the Marriage Act, the Greens are proposing the abolition of one of the most important people to that child from that child’s life.
Mr Shelton said that marriage is a bedrock institution of Australian society and its redefinition would have far reaching consequences.
“Under the United Nations, marriage is a dual right. It is the right to marry and to start a family. Redefining marriage would redefine family.
“It is not possible to redefine marriage without also ensuring that same-sex couples have access to children with which they can start a family.
“I don’t know if Senator Hanson-Young has really thought about how two men or two women would acquire a child.
“By definition, same-sex parenting means deliberately removing a child from his or her mum or dad.
“This requires either adoption rights or access to assisted reproductive technology.
“Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, in his report last week recommending same-sex marriage
, foreshadowed the need to provide greater access to surrogacy for same-sex couples.
“There are sound ethical reasons for no further change to Australia’s surrogacy laws.”
Mr Wilson also proposed further law reform to remove a mother or father from a child’s birth certificate so that a child would not know who their real parent was.
“So-called ‘marriage equality’ will not deliver equal outcomes for kids.
“This is something our society needs to think through more carefully.
“Children miss out on a mother or father because of tragedy or desertion but they should not miss out because of parliamentary legislation,” Mr Shelton said.