Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) general manager Paul Martin has dismissed claims made by a Queensland GP labelling Australia’s gay marriage ban a “just and necessary discrimination” to ensure same-sex couples don’t have children.
Martin told the Star Observer he did not want to give the views more air time and said they were deliberately provocative.
“He says this all the time… his comments are barking mad, ignore him,” Martin said.
“It’s tax payers who pay his salary and why a GP can still be registered in Australia and make those comments is beyond me.”
In The Courier Mail opinion piece today, under the headline ‘Brace for a new stolen generation’, Dr David van Gend likened gay couples having children to the Indigenous Stolen Generations “of children forcibly deprived of a mother”.
Van Gend, spokesman for the Family Council of Queensland, also cited US research to claim homosexuality “is a potentially treatable psychological condition”.
Discussing comparisons between racism and opposition to same-sex couples or gay marriage, van Gend wrote, “a black person cannot stop being black, but a gay person can certainly stop being gay, as a large number of formerly gay men and women around the world have demonstrated”.
“The only true analogy with racism is to compare the Aboriginal Stolen Generations with Labor’s proposed ‘gay stolen generation’ of children forcibly deprived of a mother.
“This time round the justification for separating a baby from the love of its mother is that it meets the emotional needs of homosexual men.”
In an opposing piece – added later – Southern Cross University associate professor of media studies Dr Karen Brooks said Australia should move to allow for same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is not a gay/straight issue any more,” Brooks said.
“It’s about human rights to access, benefits, legitimacy, recognition, and public acknowledgement of mutual love.”
An Australian Medical Association Queensland spokeswoman told the Star Observer van Gend is an AMA member, but was speaking in his capacity as a Family Council of Queensland spokesman.