A 2010 meta-analysis of 33 studies found that children raised by same-sex parents fared just as well as other children.
There is no convincing evidence that same-sex relationships are less stable than heterosexual relationships, nor that they have a negative impact on the children raised within them.
Australia detains asylum seekers in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
Scott Morrison said the same-sex marriage plebiscite vote would be compulsory.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has flagged the prospect of ministers campaigning on both sides in the same-sex marriage plebiscite – as happened in the republic referendum.
Malcolm Turnbull’s office was forced to clarify Attorney-General George Brandis’ remarks on the timing of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
In the latest example of the government’s cack-handedness, Attorney-General George Brandis on Sunday promised a plebiscite on same-sex marriage this year, only to have the Prime Minister’s Office hang…
Attorney-General George Brandis predicts the prospective plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage would be carried.
The government's fast timetable for a same-sex marriage plebiscite seems to strengthen the prospect of an election being held sooner rather than later.
A plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage is bad policy that ought to be revisited.
Australian parliaments routinely legislate in respect of socially contentious issues without resorting to plebiscites or referenda.
Bill Shorten hopes Pat Dodson’s presence in the Senate will help on the debate over constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Pat Dodson, the father of reconciliation, is set to become a Labor senator for Western Australia following Joe Bullock’s surprise announcement that he is quitting.
Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
Protesters gather outside the recent Anglican church meeting.
The Anglican church has been criticised for standing against gay marriage, but it has taken a positive step on an issue that many activists see as more important.
Malcolm Turnbull can put his values into practice by calling on all members of his party to vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
A vote on whether same-sex couples can get married is discriminatory because it applies a standard to them that does not apply to heterosexual couples.
The Heritage Foundation has had a profound effect on defence spending and military action in the US.
Even many Americans don’t know much about organisations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Heritage Foundation. But these groups play a critical role in advancing conservative policies.
Eric Abetz is resisting pressure to fall in line with the outcome of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Coalition senator Eric Abetz claims he and other Liberal MPs do not have to respect the result of a coming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.
Feminists played a major part in raising the profile of women in the church. Now they need to step up for same-sex marriage.
Justin Welby talks to protesters outside the Anglican summit.
In an attempt to avoid complete meltdown, the Anglican Church has sanctioned its US branch for backing same-sex marriage.
Don’t book the band just yet.
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A vote in favour of marriage equality in Northern Ireland was stymied by a mechanism designed to protect minorities.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Indigenous leader Pat Dodson is expected to co-chair a Referendum Council together with lawyer Mark Leibler.
How many issues can be put to the Australian people for votes in a single year? This is a key question for the referendum to recognise First Australians in the constitution.
Michelle Grattan and Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics, including the reforms Joe Hockey was unable to implement as treasurer and his likely new role as ambassador in the US.
Malcolm Turnbull risks provoking the conservatives within his party on the issue of same-sex marriage.
It was another good day at the office for the Turnbull government. Finally, Labor came on board with the China-Australia free trade agreement. And a package of changes for savings from family tax benefits…