The founder of The Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights (CARIFAM), Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has defended her stand on the family in the face of criticism from LGBT advocates that she and CARIFAM promoted an anti-LGBT and hate agenda, during a recent World Congress of Families conference held here in Saint Lucia.
Flood-Beaubrun told reporters outside parliament Tuesday that CARIFAM exists to promote the family, human rights and human dignity.
She recalled that the organisation has been co-sponsoring the World Congres of Families conference for the past four years.
“It is absolutely clear – and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the most signed convention on human rights – it is still the universal convention that has been signed by all the countries of the world, speaks to in Article 16 that men and women are free to marry and start a family, because the family is a natural environment for the growth and well-being of the child,” Flood-Beaubrun, who is also Saint Lucia’s Foreign Minister stated.
She observed that all the respected scientific studies have shown that the best environment for a child to grow up in is with a mother and a father.
“We need in our country to give children the best environment for them to grow – strong healthy families- and that is what we promote,” Flood-Beaubrun told reporters.
She noted that the government here has spoken about building strong families and expressed the view that it was important to promote that.
“If people have a problem with us promoting strong, healthy families – well I am sorry. There is no apology that I can make for that,” Flood-Beaubrun stated.
Asked whether she was asserting that a gay family did not represent the ideal, she said that the best environment for a child to grow up in is with a mother and a father.
“Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world and I am not saying that there are not single parents or a father who is a single parent who cannot do an excellent job of raising children. We have many good examples of parents who have faced the challenges of single parenthood and done an amazing job with their children and we must continue to support that. But we cannot set children up in a system that does not encourage the ideal,” the CARIFAM founder declared.
“If we fall from the ideal then we have to made amends, but we should not set children up for failure. We should set them up in the environment that is healthiest, strongest.” she said.
According to Flood-Beaubrun, mothers and fathers parent differently and children need both ‘styles of parenting’ to grow up in a wholesome way.
“I am not the expert, I am saying what science says and I don’t even need science to tell me that – it is the natural way and I don’t think we have to be afraid and scared o promote it,” she explained.