July 23rd 2011

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ALP bent on overturning traditional marriage

by David van Gend

News Weekly, July 23, 2011

Labor will create a “gay stolen generation” of children forcibly deprived of a mum, says Queensland GP Dr David van Gend.

If you hold to the old-fashioned idea a baby deserves both a mother and a father, the president of the Queensland branch of the Labor Party, Andrew Dettmer, calls your views “abominable”.

The Queensland state Labor conference recently voted to destroy the timeless meaning of marriage and redefine it to include a pair of men or a lesbian couple, and Dettmer slurred opponents as being no better than racists: “Discrimination against people on the basis of their gender or their sexual orientation is just as abominable and just as unsupportable as discrimination on the basis of race.”

Yes, it is discrimination to prohibit the “marriage” of two men, but it is just and necessary discrimination, because the only alternative is the far worse act of discrimination against children brought artificially into the world by such men, compelled to live their whole lives without a mother. Now that approaches the abominable.

Dettmar’s analogy with racism is false because a black person cannot stop being black, but a gay person can certainly stop being gay, as a large number of formerly gay men and women around the world have demonstrated.

Homosexual people are able, where motivated, to modify unwanted homosexual attractions and even achieve complete transformation to a heterosexual orientation, as documented in peer-reviewed clinical papers, such as that published by American psychiatrist Robert Spitzer in 2003.

Against critics who say that attempts to change sexual orientation can cause emotional harm to homosexuals, Spitzer noted: “For the participants in our study, there was no evidence of harm.”

The success of gay “anti-discrimination” activism has largely been due to portraying gays as another persecuted minority group like blacks, women, Jews.

This illusion cannot survive Spitzer’s conclusion, that being gay is a potentially treatable psychological condition like any other, not an inborn identity.

The only true analogy with racism is to compare the Aboriginal Stolen Generations with Labor’s proposed “gay stolen generation” of children forcibly deprived of a mother.

The offence is the same; only the justification changes. This time round the justification for separating a baby from the love of its mother is that it meets the emotional needs of homosexual men.

One of Australia’s leading human rights lawyers, Frank Brennan, shows the way forward: “I think we can ensure non-discrimination against same-sex couples while at the same time maintaining a commitment to children of future generations being born of and being reared by a father and a mother.”

Non-discrimination against same-sex couples is exactly what federal Parliament achieved in 2008 when more than 80 pieces of legislation were amended by a bipartisan majority. Homosexual couples now enjoy effective equality with married couples in every way short of marriage.

The process must stop short of marriage, because marriage is about something deeper than civil equality; it is about a natural reality — male, female, offspring — which society did not create and society’s law cannot alter.

The greatest anthropologist of the 20th century, Claude Lévi-Strauss, notes that throughout recorded history the human family is “based on a union of two individuals of opposite sexes who establish a household and bear and raise children”.

That is the truth about human culture and human nature, and that is the context in which any child deserves to be born and raised.

Queenslanders should be dismayed at the truly abominable Labor attempt to trash this truth and rob marriage of its objective meaning and honoured purpose.

Dr David van Gend is a Toowoomba GP and a spokesman for the Family Council of Queensland. This article originally appeared in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, June 29, 2011. 

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