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FactCheck: are children ‘better off’ with a mother and father than with same-sex parents?

Public campaigns for and against same-sex marriage have been heightened by the Turnbull government’s plan to conduct a $122 million voluntary postal survey asking the nation whether same-sex couples should be able to marry under Australian law.

Discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage during an interview on Sky News, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews said children who are brought up with a mother and a father “are, as a cohort, better off than those who are not”.

Lez 1aAndrews also said the “social science evidence is overwhelmingly in one direction in this regard”.

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