Same-sex Marriage

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Statements on same-sex marriage unenlightened    
Dec. 10, 2013, 5:38 p.m.

GWENDA Murray raises some excellent points regarding the gay marriage debate, but not necessarily in the way she intended (Marriage Equality, Letters November 12).

Teaching school children to be tolerant of gay people isn’t “promoting homosexual lifestyles” and campaigning for marriage equality isn’t threatening her “freedom of speech”, which she ironically claimed in a letter to the editor.

Her argument that a child has a right to be raised by their biological parents seemingly ignores the multitude of children successfully raised by single parents and divorced parents.

She then goes on to stereotype mothers as having a “particular female trait of nurturing” and fathers a “particular male characteristic of playfulness”, as though gay and lesbian parents are incapable of these qualities, despite overwhelming evidence that such children often have a very happy and loving upbringing.

Her arguments carry no weight in our more enlightened times.

Peter Rowney
Lemon Tree Passage

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/1963859/statements-on-same-sex-marriage-unenlightened/

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Marriage equality    
Nov. 12, 2013, 6:10 p.m.

WHAT term can we come up with that will silence debate?  What term will make anyone who disagrees with us appear unjust and uncaring? Oh, “marriage equality”, that’s it.

WHAT term can we come up with that will silence debate?

What term will make anyone who disagrees with us appear unjust and uncaring? Oh, “marriage equality”, that’s it.

Reasonable debate has been hijacked.

Broad issues are at stake – freedom of speech, the media, and religion; funding of traditional family organisations; and promotion of homosexual lifestyles to schoolchildren even if against parents’ wishes.

Most importantly, who has the right to decide to deny a child the right to be raised by their biological father and mother?

Fortunately, my two-year-old granddaughter has both – a father with the particularly male characteristic of being great at playing with her, and a mother with the particular female trait of nurture.

Regarding marriage, don’t let the spin doctors have it all their own way.

Gwenda Murray
Soldiers Point

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/1903798/marriage-equality/?cs=772

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