Woman has controversial opinions about being raised by lesbians

Woman has controversial opinions about being raised by lesbians

Over the past couple of years, gay rights have made giant leaps forward around the world (not across the whole world, but in certain parts of it). The majority of people are excited about it and think that it’s about time that gay people had the same rights as straight people – including the right to marry and to adopt children. Just recently the people of Australia were called to vote on whether they wanted to support marriage equality. The country responded with a resounding yes, which for the majority of people is considered a huge step forward. There are some people, however, who don’t view this as a leap forward, but instead as a problem. One such person is a woman who was raised by lesbians. Her opinions about her upbringing are quite controversial and are echoing some fears that right-wing individuals also have.

Millie Fontana’s story

Millie Fontana is the woman who was hoping that Australia would vote no for marriage equality. Out of the many people who spoke against marriage equality, Millie is the one with a unique perspective. Millie was raised by lesbians. Her father was a sperm donor and so growing up she didn’t have a father figure in her life. She attests that she knew something was missing from her family, some kind of influence, but she didn’t know it was a father figure because she didn’t even understand the concept of a father. It wasn’t until she was going to school and saw her friends and fellow students interacting with their Dads that she finally understood what she was missing.

She also has said that since both of her mothers are rather feminine women there was no one around for her to play sports with, or BBQ with, or to just do father/daughter activities with. While it’s easy to sympathize with Millie’s plight, this lack of a father figure isn’t just associated with being raised by lesbians as Millie talks about. Any child that is from a divorced family or has an absentee parent also goes through this same kind of thing. Even children with both a mother and father might experience the same kind of feelings if their father is one who is never at home because he works and travels all of the time.

An unpopular opinion

Millie is against same-sex marriage because of her experience growing up with two mothers. She knows that it’s an unpopular opinion, but she felt deprived growing up. She thinks that having a father would have helped her with her self-esteem and confidence. She appeared on a TV show You Can’t Ask That and talked about what her childhood was like and why she doesn’t support same-sex marriage. She also made other speeches about the plight of children who are raised in same-sex households. Her take on the situation has been called “the other side of the rainbow” by many media sources. Millie’s opinion is obviously not a popular one, but her experiences and perspective are ones that not many people have and it’s worth giving her a listen. Does this mean that all children of same-sex families think this way? Of course not. It’s one person’s opinion. But, it’s an opinion that deserves to be heard.

Australia voted yes

Even though there were people like Millie campaigning against same-sex marriage in Australia, the country as a whole voted yes. Two weeks ago, 61.6% of those who participated in a national postal survey voted yes to same-sex marriage. On November 29, 2017, the Australian Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill. There were 20 other attempts to get this bill passed before the national postal survey, but this time the country was able to do it. The bill was passed without any amendments and it was created with cross-party cooperation. The bill also has to go to the House of Representatives where it’s expected to pass next week with no problems.

What does this mean for children?

Nothing has really changed for children now that Australia has passed their same-sex marriage bill. Children are still able to be parented by same-sex couples and many of those children (and those children who have grown up into adults) have no problems with their upbringing. Truthfully, because children being raised by same-sex couples is still fairly new, there haven’t been too many studies done on how or if children are affected in any kind of negative way from the experience. Obviously, Millie will say that they are. But while Millie’s experiences are true for her, it doesn’t mean that all children raised by same-sex couples feel this way. On top of that, many children, in general, have issues with how their parents raised them.

Time will tell

Time will tell if the other side of the rainbow (as we’re apparently calling it) is a place that exists for many children, just for a few, or just for Millie. We don’t know currently and we won’t know for a while. The right, who are interested in seeing bills like this get squashed, will say that it does exist, and the left, who are interested in moving rights forward, will either say that it doesn’t exist, or that it’s something that every child experiences growing up – this longing for something that he or she doesn’t have. We will just have to wait and see who’s right on this issue, or if there’s even a right or a wrong side at all. What we do know is that while Millie’s opinions are controversial, that doesn’t mean that we can dismiss them outright without further information or evidence.

Marriage equality has become a human rights issue around the globe and many Western countries have moved to pass same-sex marriage laws because all citizens are equal under the law. The majority of people consider this progress, but some do not. Millie’s opinions about being raised by lesbians are something that we should listen to but not base our decisions solely on.


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