Andrea Mrozek is the program director of Cardus, a think tank that is dedicated to the renewal of social architecture within Canadian society. She says she was unprepared for the extent to which the legalisation of same-sex marriage would effect legal definitions in her country.
"I did, to a certain extent, think there was fear-mongering on the side of those in favour of man / woman marriages," she admits.
"There were academics saying things like, 'Same-sex marriage will mean the eradication of the terms 'mother' and 'father'," Ms Mrozek says, "and I thought at the time that sounded far-fetched."
However the introduction of the All Families Are Equal Act, which followed in the wake of same-sex marriage, did strike out the legal terms 'mother' and 'father' to accomodate the changing definition of marriage.
Ms. Mrozek says removing gender from marriage is having a direct flow on effect for the rights of children.
"What it also did was give the state additional powers in deciding who are parents, and create conditions in the province of Ontario where you can have up to four legal parents," she says.
She believes the implications for custody cases and similar legal actions will be profound and long-lasting.
"Now, I wonder why it didn't happen earlier, because it's a natural outcome of the legalisation of same-sex marriage."
Canada's struggle with the terms 'mother' and 'father' are not the only implications that Australian children might face. Professor Patrick Parkinson is a specialist in Family Law at Sydney University. He reflects on how the same-sex debate has played out in school programs like 'Safe Schools'.
In summary, his concerns are;
In accordance with s 6(5) of the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017, this communication was authorised by Michael Kellahan of Sydney for Freedom for Faith.
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