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On ABC opposing surrogacy for singles and same-sex couples

A thoughtful ‘Current Affairs Special’ by Nance Haxton from yesterday. Listen HERE.

It was a phone interview, so poor sound quality from me, but she certainly achieved a balanced report – which I am sure will have her chastised by ABC management.

Double standard: the Senator and the Actor

Down in Canberra for the Nats Federal Conference this weekend, and a chance to take in another excellent occasion: the 25th annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast this morning – good company, old and new. More topically, today was the start of the gay marriage debate in the Senate. I caught up with everyone’s favourite Senator, the “not pretty, but pretty effective” Ron Boswell. He was working on his speech for the gay marriage debate, and gave a typically sincere and forthright rendition about midday, which I watched from the gallery.

At one point he put down his notes and spoke with a directness and passion that we have seen so often in his 30 years of service in the Senate:

Same-sex marriage says that a mother or a father does not matter to a child—and it does. Two mothers or two fathers cannot raise a child properly. Who takes a boy to football? Who tells him what is right from wrong? What does he do—go along with the two mums? How does he go camping and fishing? Yes, there might be some attempt by one of the mothers to fill in as a father figure but it will not work. It is defying nature. And what about a young girl changing from a teenager into a young woman? Is it fair to say to her, ‘You don’t have a mother; your mother can’t take you shopping’ or to not be able to help her understand how her body is changing? What are we trying to do here? Why are we trying to defy what has been the right thing for hundreds of thousands of years? What suddenly gives us the inspiration to think that we can have gay marriage and it will not affect anyone?
That is a concern that might be obvious to many people but predictably AAP rubbished his ‘dinosaur’ comments about the problems with two women ‘marrying’ (“Who takes the boy to football?… Who takes him camping and fishing?”) and the Twit-abuse is still flowing like a sewer.
How timely, then, that only yesterday an esteemed gay actor – Rupert Everett – said basically the same thing. Because the actor is gay, he can speak common sense (HERE) without comitting a hate-crime:
The star of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago. However, he has been criticised by gay rights groups after giving an interview in which he decried same-sex couples who have children. The 53-year-old told the Sunday Times Magazine that his mother Sara had met his boyfriend but “still wishes I had a wife and kids.” “She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her,” he said. “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”
And his mother is not of the sentimental activist type, where only “marriage equality” will do for her son; she would rather he met a nice girl and settled down and started family…
Mrs Everett, 77, told how she knew her son was gay from when he turned 18, and described her desire for him to have children.
“In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that,” she said. “I’d like him to have a pretty wife. “I’d like him to have children. He’s so good with children. He’d make a wonderful father. “But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I’ve told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn’t get angry with me. He just smiles.”
Their comments were likely to cause rancour with gay couples with children such as Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who have a one-year-old son, Zachary.
Well said, Mrs Everett: I hope the next conference of PFLAGG has you come and address them. As to the straightforward son: good for him, too. He is able to break the bubble of adult-centred narcissism that wraps so many gay activists, and instead think of the child’s basic natural needs.
So,where are the other gay men and women who are prepared to stand up for the rights of a child to know the love of both a mother and father? Where is your courage and decency to speak against a proposed law that will institutionalise the motherless or fatherless family?
UPDATE: Text of Senator Boswell’s speech HERE

AUDIO: LNP stays sane on same-sex “marriage”

AUDIO of my contribution to the LNP debate on same-sex marriage July 17th 2011

There are times when one can be proud of the goodwill and commonsense of a political party. Today was one such occasion, at the Hilton in Brisbane for the State Conference of the LNP (Liberal National Party – the Queensland centre-right political movement). Delegates passed our branch’s motion with overwhelming support (only one person spoke against it) this morning. The debate was held during an open session, with media present, so I am able to print the motion and my speech in moving the resolution, as below, and give the excerpt from ABC Radio above:

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