The same-sex marriage debate has always been personal, but now former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken it a step further by saying his sister isn’t the “best” parent because she’s a lesbian.
“As everyone knows, my distinguished and much-loved sister Chris is on the other side of this argument. Chris has been a very good mother with her partner Virginia, they do a good job, but nevertheless I’m old fashioned enough to think kids do best with a mother and a father,” said Abbott on a radio show yesterday.
Abbott’s sister, Chris Foster, is raising six children with her partner, Virginia. She’s made it clear on social media and in the news that she doesn’t agree with her brother’s views on LGBT rights.
“My position on this is not driven by religion, it’s driven by the fact that marriage is what produces families, families are what produces communities and societies and nations,” said Abbott. “I want to strengthen the family, I want to support the traditional families because it’s better for kids, if possible, to have a mother and a father.”
“Certainly, we all need male and female role models in our lives and normally the best male and female role models in our lives are our mother and a father.”
Studies, however, have shown that having LGBT parents does not negatively impact children.
You can listen to Abbott’s full radio segment below.