The Australian LGBT community needs to address its political apathy. This is the same reason why the ban on same sex marriage was brought in in 2004- no one woke up and fought it. It’s only now that they are realising what happened on marriage and there is a risk of the same thing happening here with adoption.
Couldn’t agree more Dromio, LGBT community in Australia are so caught up in ourselves we fail to take note of very much outside of our ghetto mentality. Our gay press reflects that.
The proposed law only applies to New South Wales – not the “Australian parliament” [as the article states].
It was in fact an inquiry committee last year in the New South Wales upper House (the Legislative Council) that said same sex couples should be allowed to adopt children.
Tasmania in fact only allows step-child adoption – not adoption relinquished by others. Since Labor has won in the minority Government there in Tasmania, there they in fact said – “we will look into the issue to allow full adoption rights for same sex couples and surrogacy”
Now Western Australia and the ACT area have allowed full rights for same sex couples in adoption for years and years now, and the law works really well!!!!!
Children who have been raised by same sex couples do excellent in many areas and are really well looked after!!!!!
I am sick and tired of the bigots (such as the Australian Christian Lobby or ACL) lies and spin on adoption issues!!!!!!
The ACL like to “stir-up hatred” and plead to the silly and ignorant on the issue.
I was in fact the first person to have my say when the inquiry was conducted in the NSW Legislative Council last year!!!!
Also this is the last area of legal discrimination in New South Wales law!!!!!
Timeline of Australia and NSW laws towards gay equality:
* 1975 South Australia became the first state in Australia to allow gay male sex under the famous Don Dunstan and the ACT followed in 1978 and Victoria in 1980.
* 1982 Discrimination on the basis of homosexuality is made illegal in NSW (the first state in Australia to do this).
* 1984 gay male sex made legal in New South Wales and de facto opposite sex couples recognised for the first time (but the age of consent for gay men was set higher at 18).
* 1985 gay male sex made legal in Northern Territory (NT) also with an age of consent set at 18.
* 1988 Domestic violence laws recognise both same sex couples and opposite sex couples under NSW law.
* 1990 Both Western Australia and Queensland repeals the bans on gay male sex (Western Australia set the age of consent at 21 for gay men).
* 1993 Vilification on the basis of homosexuality made illegal in NSW.
* 1994 The ACT becomes the first jurisdiction in Australia to recognise same sex couples as de facto couples (and expanded further in 2002 and 2004).
* 1996 De facto opposite sex couples are now equal to married couples in all areas of state, territory and federal laws.
* 1997 Gay sex finally legal all over Australia – after Tasmania repealed section 123 of the Criminal Code.
* 1998 Gun and firearm laws introduced after the Port Arthur massacre down in Tasmania recognise “companions” (this meaning in the law is interpreted to also mean any couple).
* 1999 Same sex couples recognised for the first time as de facto couples in many areas of the law (and expanded further in 2002 and 2008).
* 2000 Tasmania became the first state in Australia to abolish the “gay panic defence” (GPD).
* 2002 Western Australia equalises the age of consent, recognise same sex couples as de facto couples in over 70 laws, the first state in Australia to recognise lesbian mothers ART (assisted reproductive technology) as “two parents” and also the first state in Australia to allow adoption for same sex couples. Also, Western Australia was finally the last state in Australia to include sexuality in the anti-discrimination laws (that went with the whole package in 2002). Queensland also recognises de facto same sex couples in 44 laws under legal changes that passes parliament.
* 2003 Age of consent made equal for everyone at 16 in NSW and the NT and Tasmania becomes the first state to introduce civil unions. NT recognises same sex couples as de facto couples and also recognises lesbian mothers (no adoption rights – even for de facto opposite sex couples)
* 2004 The ACT further expands equality for de facto same sex couples in over 70 laws, the ACT becomes the first state to allow same sex couples surrogacy access and to recognise lesbian mothers and the “commissioning parents” of surrogacy. The ACT also passes a law to allow same sex couples equal access to the adoption of children.
* 2007 All states and territories of Australia now recognises same sex couples as de facto couples (when South Australia finally passed the domestic partner legislation) .
* 2008 Lesbian mothers recognised though ART in NSW and the federal Government recognises same sex couples as de facto couples under 100 laws (effective from 2009), Victoria implemented a relation register in December 2008.
* 2009 Civil partnerships implemented in the ACT on the 1 June 2009 and Victoria became the first state in Australia to introduce hate crime legislation.
* 2010 ART laws become effective for both Victoria and Tasmania to recognise lesbian mothers. Relationship register implemented in 1 July 2010 in NSW (state governments can not made same sex marriage legal, because it is the job of the federal government). Queensland allows same sex couples equal access to ART (including surrogacy) and to recognise lesbian mothers. South Australia is the only state to ban ART (including surrogacy) to same sex couples now, and South Australia is also the only state in Australia to ban single people from adoption.