Monday, June 07, 2004

Argument not straight

Sally Morrell decided to write an article on gay parenting for today's Herald Sun and came up with one of the most incoherent pieces of writing I have ever come across.

For instance, she writes that,

"I'll own up to the now politically incorrect view that I think a child should grow up with both their biological parents ...

But that doesn't rule out lesbian mums and gay dads. Not if they're both making an effort to play a part in their child's life.

There's plenty of research out there that says kids of both sexes need plenty of contact with both mum and dad.

Whether they are gay or not doesn't matter to me.

How are you meant to make sense of this? It only begins to make sense if she is assuming that the gay man who donates sperm to a lesbian mother is going to play an important role in the family as a father to the child.

But this is generally not the case. The child will be brought up by the biological mother and the mother's lesbian partner. So if Sally Morrell really believes that a child should be brought up by both the biological mum and dad, then she cannot logically support gay parenting.

I can only presume that Sally Morrell desperately wants to have it both ways. She truly believes in the importance of both mothers and fathers for children, but she also wants to be accepting of gays as parents. The problem is that the two beliefs are logically incompatible, so that ultimately you have to choose between the two.

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