Tuesday 26 September 2017

Same-sex marriage doesn't pose a threat to children - but the State does

The argument is that changing the definition of marriage will confer some kind of Constitutional right on gay couples to have children
The argument is that changing the definition of marriage will confer some kind of Constitutional right on gay couples to have children
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

In recent weeks there has been a lot of scaremongering about what same-sex marriage will mean for children. Motherhood and fatherhood, we are told, will instantly become obsolete, with gay couples marching into adoption offices and demanding first dibs on all the children.

The argument is that changing the definition of marriage will confer some kind of Constitutional right on gay couples to have children, which will necessarily mean they must automatically be given permission to adopt.

Before examining whether any of this is true, it worth stating that this sudden concern for the rigours of the adoption system is certainly welcome.

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