Fact Sheet: The Impact on Children

The impact of changing the definition of marriage on the education of our children

At its most basic, if the definition of marriage is changed other changes will necessarily follow.

In other countries where the definition of marriage has been changed, changes in education and policies dealing about family life have followed. The major changes in other countries which are also likely to occur in Australia if same sex marriage is legislated are as follows:

• Changes in curriculum resulting in teachings that ‘normalise’ same-sex marriage

• Undermining or disregarding parental rights as to what their children are taught

• Silencing students if they express a view that marriage is between a man and a woman

Ideological indoctrination of students through curriculum changes

If a new element or new planet is discovered the teachings on chemistry and physics change. If the definition of marriage is changed the teachings on marriage will also change. If the definition of marriage is changed, the following changes could also occur in Australia as they have elsewhere:-

• Revision of school curricula to present and teach about the new definition of marriage along with exploration of sexual orientation so that our children are taught that having two fathers or two mothers is normal even if this is not what we are teaching them at home. Also, if a child expresses the view that having two fathers or two mothers is not right, that child can be disciplined, or sent to ‘re-education’ classes to change their views

• Sex education detailing homosexual acts will become part of what is taught in our schools and our children may begin to think that these behaviours are ‘normal’ and that there is something wrong with them if they hold, or are taught, different views at home or through the church teachings

• Compulsory reading of books explaining homosexuality could be presented to kindergarten and first grade children despite parent’s wishes. One example which occurred overseas was that second grade children were read a book called King and King about two men who marry.

• Allowing boys to wear girl’s clothing to school and vice versa because there are no norms or standards governing what it is ‘boyish’ or ‘girlish’. This could create gender confusion in our children. Growing up is hard enough for our children without having to worry about these things. Our children have the right to have an adolescence enabling them to make a transition to adulthood free of confusing messages about their sexuality

• Support of gay clubs in schools could result in more influence and further peer pressure on our children to conform to views contrary to our family and church teachings

Disregarding parental rights in respect of their children’s education

In countries where same sex marriage has been legislated, parent’s rights to decide what their children are taught have been diluted. For example:-

• Children will been taught ‘sex education’ conforming to the new definition of marriage ( as including same-sex couple) that are contrary to the values that are being taught in the family

• Parents may not be able to opt their children out of these classes if same sex marriage is legislated

• A parents valid attempt to control the exposure of their children to such teachings could be dismissed or minimised

• Parental teachings could be undermined by what is taught at schools especially if parents adhere to the traditional view of marriage and teach that to their children

• Parental teachings about their culture and religion (which teach a traditional view of marriage) could be ridiculed or minimised, or attacked as being ‘out of step with the times’. Parents should have the right to have a say in what their children are taught without fear ofany repercussions to their children for doing so. There are no safe guards in any of the proposed legislative changes which protect the parent’s rights to have a say in what their child learns at school.

Silencing students who express the view that marriage is between a man and a woman

If same sex marriage is legislated, a student could be disciplined for supporting the traditional view of marriage. For example:-

• Expressing a view that marriage is between a man and a woman could result in disciplinary action or a student being ‘re-educated’ that marriage is between, men and men, women and women or men and women, not just men and women.

• If a student suggests that homosexuality is not normal, they could be expelled from school or held accountable for breaching a sexual discrimination policy

• A student could be charged with bullying for expressing a view that same sex marriage is not right and thereby upsetting another student who is gay

• Students could be loath to express their real beliefs about traditional marriage and family for fear of being ridiculed or indeed singled out. These are real possibilities if same sex marriage is legislated.

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