IT was sad that many Australians criticised Margaret Court for voicing an opinion contrary to the GLBTIQ minority without consideration of what she said.
The first inhabitants had definite rules regarding marriage, which was strengthened by the birth of a child, and the colonists after 1788 had a 3500-year tradition which Pastor Court quoted.
The Australian model for marriage has always been a man and a woman, enabling procreation and the rearing of children in the safety and warm love of parents, male and female.
From the moment of fertilisation, all cells carry the specific inherited genetic code which determines all characteristics, including the sex of the foetus.
By 11 weeks, the sex of the foetus may be seen on ultrasound and clearly evident at birth.
Through the thalamic, hypophyseal and endocrine pathways, the male and female characteristics develop and persist until death.
Gender is the construct of the cerebral cortex; usually it reinforces the genetic sex, with attraction for the opposite sex (heterosexual).
But sometimes, for a variety of reasons, attraction may be for persons of the same sex (homosexual) or there may be a conscious change of gender (transgender).
Gender-changing surgery and/or medications do not change the genome or inborn anatomical pathways of development and function.
There is no genetic basis for same sex attraction.
Same-sex union is clearly different to marriage; it would be appropriate for the GLBTIQ minority of our society to form a word not using the word ‘marriage’.