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"If you introduce same-sex marriage then you are, in effect, removing mothers and fathers."
- Andrea Mrozek


“I thought it sounded far-fetched.”

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."

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The Risks To Children From 'Safe Schools'

Written by Professor Patrick Parkinson

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; 

  • The Safe Schools program claims to be based upon research, and various statistics are cited in its publications. Those statistics bear little relationship to any reliable scientific evidence.
  • While some adolescents who identify as same-sex attracted will go on to have a same-sex orientation in adulthood, a lot of girls in particular go on to lead mainly heterosexual lives. This needs to be explained to young people as well.
  • Most children and young people who experience gender dysphoria (i.e. think they are ‘transgender’) are able to resolve these feelings with therapeutic assistance and live healthy adult lives, accepting the gender of their birth.
  • Conversely, gender reassignment surgery involves the loss of genitalia and reproductive capacity and does not resolve the distress of some people with gender dysphoria
  • Encouraging children and young people to think that their gender is what they believe it to be puts them at great risk of harm. Instead, they need to be offered treatment and guidance to resolve their feelings of gender confusion.  
  • As a society, we need a serious conversation involving paediatricians, child psychiatrists and other professionals about how to assist children who experience gender dysphoria and about what it is responsible to tell children and young people in schools.

You can listen to his talk here and read his full research paper here.

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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.

Freedom for Faith is a legal think tank that protects and promotes religious freedom in Australia and beyond.

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