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Monday, August 6, 2012



The Australian Christian Lobby said Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings decision to press ahead with gay marriage could lead to future apologies to children who have no say in being separated from their biological parents.



The ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said it beggared belief that on the day the Premier announced a decision to apologise to victims of forced adoptions to announce plans for gay marriage which fundamentally alters the structure of family and the right of children to be raised by their parents.



“I cannot understand why the Premier cannot see the link between forcing children to be removed from their biological parents between the 1950s and 1980s and gay marriage which also sets up a framework for children to be raised by someone other than their parents?” Mr Brown said.



“Some children have always missed out on a mother or father but that is usually because of tragedy or desertion, not because of a deliberate decision before they were born.



“The ACL does not deny the love that same-sex couples may have for a child they raise but it can never replace a biological parent.



“In 20 or 30 years, we will have a generation who will say, `who made the decision I should never have had a mother or father?'



“Are we not learning from the mistakes of the past – situations like the forced adoptions and stolen generation – where children are taken from their biological parents and raised by someone else?



“Can we ignore the trauma and hurt caused by these situations and deny that this could not be a future consequence of children raised in families other than the biological ones?” he said.



Mr Brown said some states had already legalised altruistic surrogacy to singles and same-sex couples but that was already causing hurt and pain and said gay marriage was an ideological issue which would condone and encourage more of this practice.



“It was good to see the Queensland Government in the process of repealing surrogacy for homosexuals and singles,” Mr Brown said.