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LTE – Civil Union’s un-intended consequences
The passing of the QLD Civil Union legislation has been hailed by some as a great social statement, and the end of official discrimination against gay people. Some politicians (Bligh and Fraser) have had the courage to openly support it, and some, while advocating a vote against it (Newman & Seeney) still agree with the philosophy and principal of gay marriage implicitly contained in the legislation.
That is very disappointing for the vast majority of country QLDers who are opposed to the principal of gay marriage. Neither Bligh, Fraser, Newman nor Seeney have taken the time to think deeply about the detrimental, unintended social consequences caused by a bill which promotes a dangerous lifestyle.
One example of this bill’s potential to create injustice and harm while trying to end discrimination for gay people, can be found in the story of an Aboriginal grandmother who had her grandchildren taken away and placed in the care of gay foster parents.
At a public meeting, this Aboriginal lady told me that, without her permission, Child Safety officers in North QLD, had placed her 4 year-old grandson in the care of a transvestite couple.
She was upset that, despite the fact it was against her Aboriginal and Christian culture, “one man holding hands with another man in a dress and high heels, was able to walk down the street with her grandson.” I raised this matter in parliament and shamed the government into beginning the reunification process.
There were many complex reasons why this Aboriginal lady’s grandchild was taken from her son, but the point I want to make is that once Civil Union legislation is law, transvestite and gay couples’ rights to be not only officially approved foster carers but also adoptive parents will be further strengthened.
Some like Bligh, Fraser, Newman and Seeney will argue that is only fair that children in state care, without permission of their biological family, be officially given to gay and transvestite couples.
I say that this is an issue that needs to be the subject of a lengthy and detailed community debate. There are detrimental unintended consequences in the Civil Union bill. I will always put the rights and interests of children, before the rights of gay people to make a social statement about their dangerous lifestyle choice.
Independent Member for Burnett - 0407904134