To whom it may concern,

I am a Queenslander and I feel strongly that same sex parents deserve the same parental rights as any other parent.

As a psychologist I know that children need to be able to count on their parents to be consistently and predictably caring and available. I have worked with so many people who did not receive this consistency or predictability during childhood from their heterosexual parents. As a result they have sustained emotional damage into adulthood. There was no inherent value in their parent’s gender or sexual orientation that protected these people.

For goodness sake, what does gender or sexual orientation have to do with a parent’s ability to be consistently caring and available for their children? Love makes a family. Please do the right thing and let same sex parents be legally recognised as parents.

Regards,

Andrea P
Clinical Psychology Intern

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