The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has warned Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings that her decision to press ahead with gay marriage could lead to future apologies to children who “have no say in being separated from their biological parents”.

The ACL’s Tasmanian director, Mark Brown, said plans for marriage equality fundamentally altered the structure of family and the right of children to be raised by their parents.

“Some children have always missed out on a mother or father but that is usually because of tragedy or desertion, not because of a deliberate decision before they were born,” Brown said in a statement.

“The ACL does not deny the love that same-sex couples may have for a child they raise but it can never replace a biological parent.

“In 20 or 30 years, we will have a generation who will say, `who made the decision I should never have had a mother or father?’”

Brown also compared same-sex parenting to the stolen generation.

“Are we not learning from the mistakes of the past – situations like the forced adoptions and stolen generation – where children are taken from their biological parents and raised by someone else?” he said.

“[It’s] good to see the Queensland government in the process of repealing surrogacy for homosexuals and singles.”

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