People opposed to marriage equality have made a few arguments for why it shouldnБt be legalised, including one that doesnБt stack up: that children with same-sex parents are worse off than kids with heterosexual parents. Sky News presenter Caroline Marcus had this to say : БDecades of scientific research confirm, on average, children have the best outcomes when raised by their married biological mother and father, a point made by 374 members including six past state presidents of peak medical body, the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Б
And government MP Kevin Andrews : БWhat we know from decades of social science research is that the best environment for raising children, the optimal environment for raising children, is having two loving parents. A man and a woman. A husband and wife in a stable relationship. БNow that doesnБt mean other relationships arenБt able to be successful for children, but overwhelmingly the social science points to that being the optimal situation. Б Firstly, itБs worth pointing out the marriage equality vote is not about LGBTI parents having children.
They are already able to do so, and arguments about parenting arenБt directly relevant to the vote. As AMA president : БThe issue before the Australian people, before the Australian parliament, is not about same-sex parenting. ThatБs not even the discussion that is being debated. Б Secondly, even if it was about parenting, multiple reviews of research in this area show a broad consensus that children with same-sex parents are no worse off than children with heterosexual parents. A review of the research by Columbia Law School, last updated in March 2017,. The authors found that 75 of those studies Бconcluded that children of gay or lesbian parents fare no worse than other childrenБ. The authors point out that the remaining four studies (including a ) that did find negative outcomes had methodological issues in that they did not control for the influence of divorce, and used questionable definitions for the same-sex parent groups. Similarly, a review published by the in 2013 concluded: БOverall, research to date considerably challenges the point of view that same-sex-parented families are harmful to children.
Children in such families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as their peers from heterosexual couple families. Б A, found that Бno research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child wellbeingБ. These reviews are supported by, with both the AMA and the Australian Psychological Society making similar conclusions. When Andrews was asked to provide a source for his claims, a spokesperson said it was addressed in his 2012 book Maybe БI DoБ, but when requested, did not provide detail of any specific studies cited in the book. Marcus did not respond to a request to provide a source for her claims. But what if someone currently practices homosexuality? Can that person change? Yes. In fact, some in the first century did so! After stating that those who practice homosexuality will not inherit GodБs Kingdom, the Bible says: БThat is what some of you were. Б Б 11. Does that mean those who stopped practicing homosexuality no longer felt any inclination toward their former lifestyle? No. The Bible says: БClothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new.
Б ( 10 ) Change is an ongoing process. But what if someone who wants to follow GodБs standard still has homosexual urges? As with any urge, a person can choose not to nurture or act on those urges. How? The Bible says: БKeep walking by spirit and you will carry out no fleshly desire at all. Б Б 16. Notice that the verse doesnБt say that the person will have no fleshly desire. Instead, armed with a good spiritual routine of Bible study and prayer, he or she will have the strength to resist those desires. David, mentioned at the outset, found that to be true Бespecially after he confided in his Christian parents about his struggle. БIt was a tremendous burden off my shoulders,Б he says, Бand I probably would have enjoyed my teen years a lot more if I had talked to them sooner. Б In the end, we are happier when we conform to JehovahБs standards. We are convinced that they Бare righteous, causing the heart to rejoice,Б and that Бin keeping them, there is a large reward. Б Б 8,.