'We want same-sex marriage without hearing in the playground that I am not normal’: Why marriage equality is a child rights issue
At first glance, marriage equality is about the right of consenting adults to get married. But it is also very much about the rights of children.
There are thousands of ‘rainbow families’ in Australia getting on with the everyday business of raising and loving their kids. And there are thousands of same-sex attracted and gender-diverse children and young people looking for acceptance and support as they grapple with growing up in a hetero-normative world.
These children have a stake in this debate.Read more
Interview with child rights specialist Prof. Paula Gerber of Monash Law School
by Apolline Kempter
Compensated surrogacy is a flourishing yet controversial way for Australians to have a child. Some insist the practice should continue to be prohibited in Australia, believing it constitutes child trafficking, while others want to see it legalised and regulated, as a legitimate way for infertile people to start a family.Read more
Is there a human right to have children? Or a right to have biological children?
The International Covenant on Civil And Political Rights -- and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on which it was based -- recognise a "right to found a family" (UDHR art 16; ICCPR art 23). What does that mean?Read more