The rights of children are paramount. In an ideal society, every child has the basic human right to be raised by a father and a mother. Unfortunately, this is not always the case even in traditional marriages.
However, children should be sheltered from the complexities of same-sex marriages that will involve third parties. By legalising same-sex marriage, these arrangements will become commonplace. Parliament will be creating a range of consequential social and legal complexities with which society will be forced to contend.
There will be an enormous cost to society in terms of dealing with social dysfunction, psychological and mental health issues arising from introducing more complicated relationships in an already complex society.
The proponents of same-sex marriage are yet to provide a compelling argument as to why civil unions are inadequate in protecting their legal rights.
Marriage is not a romantic notion — it is an important social institution that deals with progeny.
As an elected representative, I stand by the traditional definition of marriage as being a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.
It has evolved as an institution, providing children with the security of a father and mother, a family unit in which to grow up into well-adjusted adults.
In an era of political correctness it requires courage and resolve to stand up for traditional marriage, even though it may seemingly be against popular opinion.
Ian Goodenough is the Liberal member for Moore