The ties that bind: same-sex parent families in a modern world

Simon Crouch

“In modern Australia there is a rich tapestry of family types that has been weaved from the social and cultural diversity that makes this country a privileged place to live. When viewed in contrast to the chaotic diaspora in which many families around the world strive to live, nay exist in a struggle for freedom and opportunity, this embroidered tableau of variety richly serves the cultural milieu in which Australian families can thrive. At times, the numerous family threads can clash, becoming knotted in difference and frayed by misuse. No more does the traditional nuclear family of married parents, mum and dad, raising 1.9 well-adjusted children take centre stage …”