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Jul 282012

The following is a letter provided to Carindale Connect. You can submit a letter to the community here.

Hi everyone,

I am a young woman who has been living in the Carindale area for the past two and a half years. I recently wrote to Steve Minnikin MP Member for Chatsworth regarding the proposed changes to the Surrogacy Act here in Queensland. For those who don’t know, the Newman Government is proposing to make it illegal for same-sex couples, singles and de-factos of less than two years to access surrogacy, and if they do they could be imprisoned for up to 3 years. They also want to remove same-sex co-parents from birth certificates, something which will make Queensland different from every other state in Australia where same-sex co-parents are recognised.

There is no evidence to suggest that children of same-sex parents are any different than children of heterosexual couples. They are just as well adjusted, healthy, intelligent, etc as their peers. Some studies even suggested that children can benefit from having two mothers. However Steve Minnikin wrote back to me saying “The basis upon which these amendments are made is not to attack the rights of adults but to ensure the rights of children.” This doesn’t make any sense. What about the rights of children of same-sex couples who are basically being told that their family isn’t valid in the government’s eyes? What about the rights of teenagers who are questioning their sexuality but feel that they cannot be who they are because of the message that the government is sending? Suicide rates in same-sex attracted youth are way too high already.

Steve Minnikin has written to me that “there is overwhelming support from the Chatsworth electorate for the amendments to the Act. As such, my role as the Member representing our electorate is to vote on behalf of the overwhelming majority.” So please, if you feel that these proposed changes are discriminatory, write a quick email to Steve Minnikin letting him know.

Steve Minnikin’s email address is:

Thank you for taking the time to read this. It means a lot to me.

Amy Shambrook

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