May 22nd 2004

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: An election winning Budget?

EDITORIAL: Child care funding and the Budget

AGRICULTURE: Sugar package, Clayton's package

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Ethanol for strategic energy self-reliance

STRAWS IN THE WIND: More history wars / Betrayal / Guilt by association / ALP founding

COMMENT: Tougher law enforcement needed to stop drug wars

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: Economist describes CIE report as laughable

Nature says no to same sex marriage (letter)

Vietnam human rights (letter)

Western media hypocrisy (letter)

No choice for mothers (letter)

Marriage unaffordable (letter)

Taiwan and the WHO (letter)

US economic integration defended (letter)

ECONOMY: Manufacturing decline causes foreign debt crisis

Europe's uncertain future

REPORT: More of the same at UN women's conference

COMMENT: Same-sex marriage: there are no limits

BOOKS: EMPIRE: How Britain Made The Modern World, by Niall Ferguson

BOOKS: Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy, by G. Edward White

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Nature says no to same sex marriage (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, May 22, 2004

Nature's job description for a man and a woman is clear and challenging: form a breeding pair, build a sturdy nest, conceive and nurture the next generation. Forming a family is the core business of biology, and from the dawn of time it has been the core business of tribe and society, a matter of survival. Only decadent cultures which have lost touch with nature forget this fact of life.

Nature has no job description for homosexuals, whose bizarre sexual activities are biologically irrelevant. They may be great activist judges and doctors, but as far as the essential social task of procreation goes, gays need not apply.

Unless, of course, a gay man joins the thousands who have shown both the will and the therapeutic persistence to achieve a complete change to heterosexuality, so becoming biologically marriageable.

What we call marriage, and what other animals call pair-bonding, can only ever be about Mum, Dad and the kids. And our kids need both the comforting breast of a mother, and the protection and playful rough and tumble of a father. No little boy must be forced into a household where two "married" men play mummies and daddies. Nature says no.

Dr David van Gend,
Toowoomba, Qld

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