SAME-SEX UNION NOT MAR­RIAGE

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

IT was sad that many Aus­tralians crit­i­cised Mar­garet Court for voic­ing an opin­ion con­trary to the GLBTIQ mi­nor­ity with­out con­sid­er­a­tion of what she said.

The first in­hab­i­tants had def­i­nite rules re­gard­ing mar­riage, which was strength­ened by the birth of a child, and the colonists af­ter 1788 had a 3500-year tra­di­tion which Pas­tor Court quoted.

The Aus­tralian model for mar­riage has al­ways been a man and a woman, en­abling pro­cre­ation and the rear­ing of chil­dren in the safety and warm love of par­ents, male and fe­male.

From the mo­ment of fer­til­i­sa­tion, all cells carry the spe­cific in­her­ited ge­netic code which de­ter­mines all char­ac­ter­is­tics, in­clud­ing the sex of the foe­tus.

By 11 weeks, the sex of the foe­tus may be seen on ul­tra­sound and clearly ev­i­dent at birth.

Through the tha­la­mic, hy­pophy­seal and en­docrine path­ways the male and fe­male char­ac­ter­is­tics de­velop and per­sist un­til death.

Gen­der is the con­struct of the cere­bral cor­tex; usu­ally it re­in­forces the ge­netic sex, with at­trac­tion for the op­po­site sex (het­ero­sex­ual).

But some­times, for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, at­trac­tion may be for per­sons of the same sex (ho­mo­sex­ual), or there may be a con­scious change of gen­der (trans­gen­der). Gen­der-chang­ing surgery and/or med­i­ca­tions do not change the genome or in­born anatom­i­cal path­ways of devel­op­ment and func­tion. There is no ge­netic ba­sis for same sex at­trac­tion.

Same-sex union is clearly dif­fer­ent to mar­riage; it would be ap­pro­pri­ate for the GLBTIQ mi­nor­ity of our so­ci­ety to form a word not us­ing the word mar­riage. MAXWELL ROBERT WEEDON Ross­moyne

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