In ‘Modern Families’ mother and father are no longer necessary

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Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms’, a new book by Professor Susan Golombok from Cambridge University, has recently received a great deal of media publicity in the UK. It brings together 35 years of research on parenting and child development in ‘new family forms’ including lesbian mother families, gay father families, families headed by single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation and surrogacy.

The Independent summarised its findings succinctly : ‘Her findings undermine centuries-held assumptions that the traditional pairing of a man and woman represents the gold standard for bringing up children.’

Golombok’s blog on the research challenges ‘the supremacy of the traditional family’, on the basis that the quality of family relationships is more influential for children than the number, gender, sexual orientation, or biological relatedness of their parents.… click here to read whole article and make comments



After same-sex marriage, then what?

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March 29 marked the first anniversary of the legal same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Look around, say the twitterati – no plagues of locusts and frogs have blighted the land; no fire and brimstone have rained down upon Westminster; no earthquake has swallowed up Sir Elton. All is well.

Well, actually not.

In an article in The Conversation, an academic at the University of Kent, Dr Mike Thomas, reported on how happy gay couples in the UK, the United States and Canada feel after tying the knot. He found that most of them welcomed the benefits that legal recognition of their relationship gave them.

But this was not matched by social recognition. Even though the majesty of the law shone upon them, relatives often shunned them and snubbed them.

For many couples, the wedding or civil partnership ceremony was a more bittersweet occasion, bringing… click here to read whole article and make comments



Who will apologise to the ‘Motherless Generation’?

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UPDATE: This article was submitted just hours before a television advertisement opposing same-sex marriage (below) was to be broadcast across Australia on the Channel 9 and WIN network. At the very last moment, Channel 9 cancelled the advertisement in all major cities, although it still ran on WIN. No explanation has been given by Channel 9. Those looking for evidence that legalized same-sex marriage will have a chilling effect on public debate in Australia need look no further. 

AMF - 'Who will apologise to the Motherless Generation' from David van Gend on Vimeo.   

Last week the anniversary of an old injustice and the prospect of a new injustice came together and challenged us. March 21 was the second anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoption. In 2013 our then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, spoke movingly to the nation about "the most primal and… click here to read whole article and make comments



Why we love Miscontraceptions, the film

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Having produced several videos about natural family planning (NFP) and fertility awareness methods (FAM), I know how challenging it can be to come up with original angles, fresh dialogues, authentic couple conversations and disagreements, and narratives that can captivate the target audience. That’s exactly what Miscontraceptions, Cassie Moriarty’s first documentary, accomplishes.

Miscontraceptions is bringing fertility awareness education to the millennial generation (which is who needs it right?). It is fresh, personal, engaging and fun. It tackles misconceptions head-on, brings in various perspectives in an eloquent and charming way, keeps the suspense going, and all the while educates and convinces.


Here are four of the things we especially liked about it:

It starts with the depiction of a real and likely situation: Cassie is complaining about the Pill’s side effects. Her boyfriend, Kyle, is… click here to read whole article and make comments



British childcare worker case tests freedom of expression

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Are people free to express their views on homosexuality at their workplace? That is one of the key questions to be answered in the era of legal bans on sexual discrimination and legal green lights for same-sex marriage. Employer, court and tribunal decisions seem to be trending negative.

We have discussed several American examples on this blog, but a case in the UK Employment Tribunal has to factor in European Union laws, rights and a recent declaration from the Council of Europe that acknowledges discrimination against Christians in the UK.

Nursery school worker Sarah Mbuyi was sacked 14 months ago after a friendly chat with a lesbian colleague took a turn for the worse. She happened to say “Praise God” when the other woman said she had recovered from an accident.

Ms A (my designation -- she has name suppression) asked whether Mbuyi was a “born again” type of Christian. In… click here to read whole article and make comments



A gay dispute over same-sex parenting

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Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce Photo: Telegraph/Getty Images

The British press was buzzing over the weekend with news of a spat between high profile gay men over same-sex parenting. On one side were Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, on the other, Sir Elton John, legally married to David Furnish, with whom he parents, with the aid of a nanny, two children acquired with the help of a surrogate mother.

In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, Dolce and Gabbana, who were a couple for 23 years before breaking up in 2005, said things that gay activists tell us only “hate-filled anti-gay bigots” even think. But they are not anti-gay, obviously, so they have to be pro-gay traditional family bigots. Or something.

According to the Telegraph this is what they said:

"We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.… click here to read whole article and make comments



What you need to know about marriage and the US Supreme Court

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Does the Constitution require the government to recognize same-sex marriages? That's the question the judges of the US Supreme Court will address this term in hearing arguments relating to several same-sex marriage cases from the states. 

“It’s not whether government recognized same-sex marriage is a good or a bad idea, it’s whether it’s required by the Constitution,” says marriage expert Ryan T Anderson in a talk given at The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio last month.

The Constitution is in fact silent on what the definition of marriage is, Anderson noted. 

Watch the video of his talk.

Read more at The Daily Signal.

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Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?

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The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney’s social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle, which one disillusioned gay journalist described as “a sweaty orgy of glitter-coated body parts”.

Three local TV channels broadcast live coverage of the sexually-explicit activities, which have become so much a part of Sydney life  that they hardly provoke hostile comments any more.

But this year there was a protest.

Channel 7 and Channel 9, two commercial stations, and SBS, a government-funded station, agreed to broadcast a 40-second advertisement from the Australian Marriage Forum which criticised same-sex marriage during their coverage. (The YouTube version has gone viral and has been viewed about 200,000 times.)

The commercial stations lived up to their agreement, but SBS buckled under pressure and cancelled the… click here to read whole article and make comments



The advance of the “throuple”

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thai 3New York Post / Caters News Agency


Three Thai men have advertised their “marriage” on the internet and appeared in Thai media, claiming the distinction of being, possibly, the first gay men to have a three-way wedding. Joke, 29, Bell, 21, and Art, 26, had their ceremony on Valentine’s Day in Uthai Thani Province. At Breitbart, Thomas D. Williams notes:

The threesome did not undergo a state ceremony, since Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages or polygamy, but the trio claims that their union is sanctioned by Buddhist law. Buddhism is notoriously short on rules and does not forbid polygamy, though Buddhists are counseled to limit themselves to one wife. Buddhism has no official teaching regarding homosexual practice, other than prohibiting it for celibate monks.

Art and Joke formed a couple, and later were joined by… click here to read whole article and make comments



Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages, citing duty to the state’s law

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courtAlabama Supreme Court


The justices of Alabama’s Supreme Court made a dramatic stand for marriage this week by defying federal court decisions supporting gay marriage in the state. At the same time they delivered a broadside at arguments used by the gay marriage movement and federal courts to overturn state marriage laws.

The decision came after a month of marriage chaos in the state that began with an Alabama district court decision. Judge Callie Granade ruled that the state’s refusal to license and recognise same sex marriages is unconstitutional and ordered Attorney General Luther Strange to stop enforcing the law.

Strange appealed for a stay of the order to a federal district court, which instead argued why it should go ahead, and then to the US Supreme Court, which also allowed the lower court order to proceed. Some counties began issuing the licences,… click here to read whole article and make comments


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