Last week’s Senate report on same-sex marriage usefully summarises many of the arguments for and against.
Some of the arguments presented by gay marriage opponents concerned children. The Australian Christian Lobby put it this way:
It [gay marriage] discards the significance of marriage as an important social good held by a shared community as a public commitment to family and the raising of children.
But it really isn’t clear that the ACL’s position against gay marriage is consistent with their concern with children. The 2005 Private Lives survey found that 4% of gay men and 16% of lesbians currently live with children. So the ACL’s position seems to simultaneously that marriage is important as a public commitment to raising children and that the children who are going to be living in gay households anyway should be denied that public commitment.
One unexplored issue in the Senate report is whether gay marriage would substantially increase the number of children in gay households. Read the rest of this entry »