Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN the case of same-sex marriage, if it re­sults in Aus­tralia de­pri­ori­tis­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the rights of the most vul­ner­a­ble group in our so­ci­ety our chil­dren – then we would have been neg­li­gent in our duty to that group, and our sta­tus as a just and com­pas­sion­ate so­ci­ety would be se­verely di­min­ished.

Chang­ing the Marriage Act to ac­com­mo­date same-sex marriage is likely to fur­ther le­git­imise, and pop­u­larise, the ac­qui­si­tion of chil­dren by same-sex part­ners.

As a con­se­quence, many more chil­dren may be de­prived of a het­ero­sex­ual mother and fa­ther. MARK DYER Rock­ing­ham

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