• The Disintegration of Families and Children’s rights to their Parents

    Overview
    The article presents an overview of the scholarly evidence written by an expert in family law. She identifies two cohorts of children: those raised by their married biological parents (MBP), and those who are not. She notes that their are superior outcomes for those raised by MBP and identifies the breakdown of the institution of marriage as being particularly important in causing this divide.

    Main points
    Professor Wardle examines the disintegration of families and notes 5 major trends:
    1. A dramatic increase in cohabitation without marriage, rising from 1% in 1960 to >11% in 2011
    2. The social value of and status of marriage has plummeted with marriage rates falling 60% from 1950 to 2009
    3. The number of children born out of wedlock has increased 20X from 1940 to 2007. As a percentage, there has been a 10X increase.
    4. Divorce levels appear to have peaked but remain at very high levels.
    5. Due to these trends there has been a dramatic increase in number of kids raised by single parents, mostly women. At time of writing, 27% of kids under 18 were living with only one parent.

    These trends have great costs:
    1. For the state; one estimate in 2008 stated that the public costs of divorce and child-rearing out of wedlock in US were $112 billion per year.
    2. For individual. The ‘Longevity Project’ identifies factors associated with shorter or longer lifespan and it states that ‘parental divorce during childhood emerged as the single strongest predictor of early death in adulthood’. It is also noted that parental divorce increases the risk of poorer educational outcomes, teenage pregnancy, criminal behaviour and incarceration

    Conclusions
    ‘Throughout history, a common goal of beneficent civilisations has been to build for the future- for parents and the adult generation of a society to give their children better opportunities and a better world than they (the adults) received. That goal is in jeopardy today because the disintegration of the family, especially of marriage and the resulting separation of some children from one or more of their biological parents has created two classes of children: those privileged to grow up in families where they enjoy association and parenting from their mother and father, and those that are deprived of association and parental relationship with one or both of those parents. The latter are unlikely to enjoy the quality of life and standard of living that their peers raised by both of their parents enjoy.’

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of opposition to your local Member of Parliament if they support same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM)

  2. You have been identified as a supporter of SSM on the ‘Australians for Marriage Equality’ (AME) website. If you do not support SSM, then I urge you to have your name removed from the AME website

  3. If you do indeed support SSM then I will be unable to vote for you at the next election. I will also be unable to vote for ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing. ‘

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

  2. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of support to your local Member of Parliament if they oppose same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM). It is my understanding that you also support marriage remaining between a man and a woman and I congratulate you for that.

  2. This issue will decide my vote in future elections. If you continue to oppose SSM then I will vote for you.

  3. If you change your position then unfortunately I will be unable to vote for you or ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  2. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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