Government minister and lawyer Sarah Flood-Beaubrun does not believe same-sex couple households are ideal for raising children.
Flood-Beaubrun, who serves as the minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, expressed her views in an interview with reporters today, Dec. 5.
She said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which she described as the “most signed-up-to-convention on human rights” is “absolutely clear” on her stance.
“It is still the universal convention that is being signed by all the countries of the world… speaks to in Article 16 that men and women are free to marry and to found a family, because the family is a natural environment for the growth and well-being of a child, and, all the studies, all the respected scientific studies, have shown that the best environment for a child to grow up in is with a mother and a father,” she stressed in the interview with HTS and other media.
Flood-Beaubrun, who recently reiterated her stance against decriminalising the buggery and prostitution laws, said St. Lucia needs to give children the “best environment” to grow, strong healthy families, which is what the government promotes.
“Our government spoke about building the family and building society on strong families, and it’s important for us to continue to promote that. If people have a problem with us promoting strong, healthy families, well am sorry, there is no apology that I can make for that,” she emphasised.
The Castries Central MP continued by saying that there are many “good examples” of parents who have faced the challenges of single-parenthood and done an “amazing job with their children and we must continue to support that”.
“We cannot set children up in a system that does not encourage the ideal. If we fall from the ideal then we have to make amends, but we should not set children up for failure. We should set them up in the environment that is healthiest, strongest — and that is where mother and father come together to raise a family.”
She said “two minds” are needed to raise a strong and healthy family.
“Mothers and fathers parent differently. And children need both of the styles of parenting to grow up in a wholesome way, to have their emotional needs met etc, etc. I am not the expert. I am saying what science has shown and I don’t even need science to tell me that. It is the natural order, it is the natural way, and I don’t think we have to be ashamed and scared to promote it. We are not advocating discrimination against any group in particular, we are promoting positive,” she added.
Despite her comments some studies have shown that children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers, and that the main threat to same-sex parented children is discrimination.
A comprehensive study published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows children raised in same-sex-parented families do as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents, according to The Guardian newspaper in an October 2017 article.
The review of three decades of peer-reviewed research by Melbourne Children’s found children raised in same-sex-parented families did as well emotionally, socially and educationally as their peers, the Guardian reported.
“The study’s findings will undercut one of the arguments that have been used by the No campaign: that children need both a mother and a father to flourish,” the report states.