Denying gay marriage will only hurt the children

All families need to be treated equally, for the sake of the children.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty that enjoys almost universal support, having been ratified by 193 countries, including Australia. It provides that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration.

Contrary to Nicholas Tonti-Filippini's assertion on this page yesterday, a proper application of the principle of the best interests of the child leads to the incontrovertible conclusion that Australia should legalise same-sex marriage.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child acknowledges that the family is ''the natural environment for the growth and well-being'' of children, and should be afforded all necessary protection and assistance. Such protection and assistance applies to all families, not just to Tonti-Filippini's preferred model of a mother and father with biologically related children.

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