Queensland independent MP and ex-One Nation party member Dorothy Pratt has stood by her statements on same-sex adoption, claiming married heterosexual couples provide children with the most advantages.

During parliamentary debate on Queensland’s adoption laws, Pratt said gay and de facto couples should be stopped from adopting.

In my opinion a child deserves a mother and a father if possible and that whether you regard homosexual activity as a normal part of life or not, I don’t, she said in Parliament.

Speaking to Sydney Star Observer, Pratt claimed her statement was about societal norms. It is not normal, is what I said, and I stand by that, she said.

Can they have children? What is the norm in Australia? The norm for a family, whether you disagree or not, is a man and a woman, procreation to have a child. If you have a gay relationship, without medical assistance or some other interference you cannot conceive a child. If we were all gay, life would not go on, because you need assistance to have a child in a gay relationship -” that is not the norm.

For instance, if I’m in Africa, it would be the norm to see a majority of coloured people, it would be less normal to see a majority of white people, and that’s what I’m saying is the norm.

Pratt said she was unconcerned about how gay and lesbian members of her electorate -” Nanango, next to Brisbane -” might respond.

Unfortunately the bill was not about gay people, the bill was about children going up for adoption. They are my primary focus.

We’re looking for the absolute best possible scenario for a child, and in my opinion it is to have a male and a female in a marriage to give them that stability. That’s not saying that de facto relationships can’t give them the love and whatnot either, but there are so few children out there and we have to look for the best possible relationship.

I think because of the way society is structured at the moment, there is a negativity about gay relationships and whether we like it or not, as children grow up -” and I have witnessed this -” a child of a gay relationship was very defensive, right from the word go. It’s unfortunate a child is put in that position to be defensive about their parents.

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