It’s another claim that “married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children” and that such parents “minimise abuse and neglect of children”. The leaflet (see below) then cites a report to the US Congress by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Image: Excerpt from anti-gay leaflet authorised by Chris Miles. [Source: Fairfax Media]
Update: 9 March 2016 — FamilyVoice Australia has confirmed, via twitter, that the research we found was, indeed, the study Roslyn Phillips was referring to (not by name, of course). We have updated this post to reflect this new information.
The letters page of the local newspaper often doesn’t have the resources to fact check letters. Often the person vetting letters to the editor for publication may just take at face value claims made in a letter — especially if the claims sound scientific or factually-based — as being just that.
The Australian newspaper may have hit the jackpot recently when it published this gem from Roslyn Phillips, of Tea Tree Gully, SA.