A cartoon targeting children features a mother and daughter discussing another girl's same-sex parents and whether they'll be accepted into heaven.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

5 May 2016 - 9:05 AM  UPDATED 5 May 2016 - 9:05 AM

A children's animation posted on the official international website of the Jehovah's Witnesses suggests gay couples will be denied entry to heaven unless they alter their behaviour.

In the video, titled One Man, One Woman, a young girl returns home from school and alerts her mother to a schoolmate who drew a picture of two female parents. Her mother then tells her that gay couples are not welcome in "paradise" because it's against God's (or Jehovah's) will, but they can be taught to "change".

"She told me they're married to each other," the girl says. "My teacher says that all that matters is that people love each other and that they're happy."

"Hmm," the mother replies, "Well, people have their own ideas about what's right or wrong, but what matters is how Jehovah feels."

"He wants us to be happy and he knows how we can be happiest. That’s why he invented marriage the way he did.”

The mother also employs an analogy about people being restricted from boarding planes with dangerous items as a means to explain those who are not accepted into heaven.

When the girl responds that she wants everyone to gain entry to paradise, her mother suggests that she can teach people to change.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are a Christian denomination and claim to have more than 8 million members worldwide. As of Thursday, the animation still featured prominently on the organisation's homepage, as well as the "Children" section of its Bible teachings page.

The Australian Psychological Society strongly opposes any form of mental health practice that treats same sex-attraction as a disorder, or seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation.

You can watch the full video below:

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