Australian Skeptics Inc (ASI), a group dedicated to countering pseudo-scientific claims from a responsible scientific viewpoint, has released a statement looking at the science-based evidence used to support the competing views for the upcoming postal ballot on same-sex marriage (marriage equality).
ASI is known for debunking psychics, creationists and anti-vaccination claims, but has not traditionally touched on socio-religious discussions. However, ASI’s mandate is to publicly advocate for evidence-based and rational decision making and policy development. As such, ASI upholds that policies should reflect the quality of evidence.
“While the postal survey is about the right of same-sex couples to get married, the subject of children in LGBTQI families has been drawn into the conversation by both sides,” says ASI President, Eran Segev. “There have been specific claims that cite a body of evidence. As part of a wider consideration of these positions, ASI has examined the merits of these claims. Are the Yes and No campaigns drawing from good evidence to back their arguments?”
ASI concludes that the scientific evidence base for the No campaign is less convincing than that presented for the Yes case. According to the majority of peer-reviewed studies, there is no intrinsic damage to children of same-sex marriages (or even same-sex relationships without marriage).
Read the full statement from Australian Skeptics Inc here.