One of the arguments against same sex marriage you are sure to hear over the coming days and weeks, if you haven’t already, is that if gay people get married it will somehow deny children access to their basic rights.
That is, children have a right to have a mother and a father and to have both figures present in their lives.
Furthermore, that a nuclear family consisting of a mother and a father is the best model for the care of children.
As the Government lurches from shutting down internal debate on marriage equality entirely, to grappling with the constitutional niceties of a referendum or a plebiscite, anti-marriage equality advocates think they have spied an opening in the public consciousness to sneak their message through.
The Marriage Alliance, a lobby group of traditional marriage advocates, loudly proclaims that “the rights of children are being subjugated by arguments about equality between gay and heterosexual adults.”
The Alliance’s spokesperson, Sophie York says, “attacking the institution of marriage between a man and a woman - which in every culture on earth is naturally designed to create a family unit – at its very heart takes away the rights of a child to have a mum and dad.”
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Of course, what advocates for marriage equality have on their side is: a) the overwhelming support of the Australian community, b) a huge majority of support from Australian churchgoers, c) a morally correct position and d) well, simply put, love.