VIDEO: Abbott's sister grilled on same-sex marriage
THE gay sister of Prime Minister Tony Abbott has gone into battle against a panel show audience member, with the pair debating whether same-sex marriage could hurt those children who grow up without a mother and father.
Christine Forster, who is also a vocal supporter of gay marriage, appeared on ABC's Q&A on Monday night.
As the discussion (inevitably) turned to gay marriage, an audience member interrupted Ms Forster with shouts of "what about the children, the innocent children?".
When asked to weigh in, she told Ms Forster:
"You were saying about bringing equality and it will be a benefit for the society and the young people.
"Well I'm thinking of the young children, even the unborn children, who you are not giving a choice to really because if we bring this bill in, what's going to happen to the young children who are not even going to have a mother or father?
"Nature is the mother and a father.
"It is a mother and a father. Always has been, always will be."
As Ms Forster attempted to answer, the woman continued:
"Surrogacy and more, that's going to become the norm of society, where the biological parents, the children are going to miss out.
"They're not going to have a chance.
"Even the mother to bond with that child as soon as it gets born, it is going to go to two same-sex people. It is not even going to get a chance to see the mother or the father -"
The audience member was cut off at this point so Ms Forster could respond.
"The important thing I think about children and families is that they are in loving, supportive families," she said.
"And with all due respect, I don't think that is the exclusive preserve of the traditional family unit.
"I think that children can be loved and supported and brought to their fullest potential with the most wonderful self-esteem and self-confidence and ability to make the most of themselves in same-sex families and in single parent families."