Another Australian state joins the move to legalise child adoption by same-sex couples and singles

The traditional and often used assumption is that children need both a mother and a father, but now, another state
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The traditional and often used assumption is that children need both a mother and a father, but now, another state will be joining others in overturning laws which ban same-sex couples and singles from adopting children.

Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said there will be sweeping changes to the Adoption Act 2009 after a review this year found overwhelming support for the removal of discrimination.

The proposed changes allow groups of people currently banned from adopting to be eligible, with Queensland joining other states. Adoption for same-sex couples is currently available in Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria (though Victoria’s adoption law is to come into effect on 1 September 2016).

It includes same-sex couples, single people and couples undergoing fertility treatment such as IVF, reports ABC News.

“It is time Queensland joined other Australian states and territories to remove this archaic chapter from our adoption laws,” she said.

“I am proud to say we will widen the eligibility criteria to allow those groups to adopt.”

Julie Carrington and Lea Sanson have been wanting to adopt their foster daughter for years.

“It is a very emotional time for us,” Ms Carrington said.

“It has been six years in waiting. We finally get to be her mummies.”
The proposed reforms will also remove the offence and penalty for a breach of contact statement for adoptions prior to June 1991.

While those who have been waiting for this to be allowed see it as a long time coming, some families are strongly opposing this new development.

Natasha Cunningford says, “I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. It will confuse the minds of the kids if they are adopted by a same-sex couple.

“I don’t have any problems with other laws concerning the LGBTI community but allowing same-sex child adoption could potentially lead to bigger social issues,” said Ms Cunningford.

Another member of the public, Harry Whitfield said, “If this happens, we will be raising a generation of very confused people who will forget what real family institution is. And let’s not forget the safety risk that these kids could be exposed to.”

Sally M. said, “How will the authorities be able to ascertain that it is a genuine adoption and not something fuelled by dark motives?”

Western Australia became the first Australian state to allow same-sex adoptions when its Labor government passed the Acts Amendment (Lesbian and Gay Law Reform) Act 2002 which in turn amended the Adoption Act 1994 (WA). This allowed same-sex couples to adopt in accordance with criteria that assesses the suitability of couples and individuals to be parents, regardless of sexual orientation.

Do you agree with this new law?

  1. Sue  

    I find it very offensive that people feel because they are a same sex couple they have dark motives, some heterosexual couples should never be parents but there is no control over that why should same sex couples have to jump trough so many hoops compared to others in the community. My daughter and her female fiancé would like to be married but no we have to have a very expensive plebiscite to decide if the politicians can vote on this. Its ridiculous, how dare these people judge people when there are some absolute disastrous people in the heterosexual community who should never have children and the news is full of them every single day.

    • Faye Dapiran  

      I completely agree. With regard to so called ‘dark motives’, why would that be confined to a same sex couple, as a heterosexual couple. Show me some proof???? This person is just biased against gays, etc. I don’t think children will be confused at all, and it will be explained to them, the same as it has to be explained to any child who is adopted, or born from surrogacy.

    • Completely agree. Where I have lived for the past 30 odd years less than half the kids would know what a “real family institution” is. These are the beliefs of religious cranks who cannot allow that others may have different beliefs to them and know very little of the real world.

    • Completely agree. Where I have lived for the past 30 odd years less than half the kids would know what a “real family institution” is. These are the beliefs of religious cranks who cannot allow that others may have different beliefs to them and know very little of the real world.

  2. Matthew Hawkins  

    If you change the definition of a word you destroy the original meaning of it. Remember the original definition of the word gay? That definition has been utterly destroyed for use in normal conversation. Next words on the chopping block: marriage, family and Christian. Words that represent the identity of people that hold the original meaning sacred. Don’t steal that identity by stealth. Defend your own and use your own terms. This is just coercion masquerading as equality.

  3. Bluedog  

    After reading about the 2 year old who was murdered by her mother’s boyfriend in a horrific manner I would rather see a same sex couple adopt a child and provide love and nurturing. A child is not going to become “gay” just because of 2 mums or 2 dads.

    • Joy Kerr  

      Agree look at the amount of children killed or maimed by mothers and fathers or other men or women in there lives

    • Joy Kerr  

      Agree look at the amount of children killed or maimed by mothers and fathers or other men or women in there lives

    • Matthew Hawkins  

      I agree it is better to be indoctrinated into an aberrant life style than to be beaten. Is that the only choice we should give these children?

  4. Yes I do agree with it. at least the couples that are adopting are screened. All people wanting to be parents should be screened and then there would be a lot less child abuse in our country. Why, just because they are homosexual and care for each other enough to want a family, should they be excluded from one of life’s main purposes and joys.

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