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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

The case for man-woman marriage
14 Dec 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: children's rights, discrimination, same-sex marriage
"Not all married couples have children. But every child ever born has a mum and dad..." Another helpful video -- this time from Ireland's Iona Institute.

Amsterdam has to ban pot smoking around schools
13 Dec 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marijuana, Netherlands
Have the folks who voted to legalise pot in Washington State and Colorado, USA, thought about that? Kids turning up to school stoned?

Down Under, a loaded interview
7 Dec 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: New Zealand, same-sex marriage
Meanwhile, Down Under, the public broadcaster Television New Zealand hosts a debate between a marriage defender and a marriage revisionist.

Why is adoption so popular in Japan?
6 Dec 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adoption, family business, Japan
Surprisingly, in view of its very low birth rate and aversion to immigration, Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in the world. But the reason is even more surprising...

Re-examining a controversial gay parenting study
29 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex parenting
No, not Mark Regnerus' one this time, but one finding no statistically significant difference between same-sex and opposite sex outcomes.

Apropos France, again
26 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: economic crisis, France, same-sex marriage
What do you do if you are in charge of a big, failing European economy?

Daycare linked to overweight kids in Canadian study
26 Nov 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Canada, daycare, obesity
A study from the University of Montreal reveals that school-age children are 50 percent more likely to be overweight if they were in daycare between the ages of 18 months and four years.

Huge rally in France to defend marriage
22 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: France, same-sex marriage
there are plenty of French people ready to defend marriage against new definitions.

Latino voters and family values
21 Nov 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: family values, Immigration, Latinos, US presidential election
The growing electoral power of the Latino community in the US concerns more than immigration policy.

“Without nature, the little children suffer”
14 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: nature, same-sex parenting
Yes, and that includes what is rightfully theirs according to human nature.

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