NSW Legislative Council inquiry in same-sex couples being able to adopt

February 25, 2009

The NSW Legislative Council is currently conducting an inquiry into same-sex couples being able to adopt children.

I made a submission to the inquiry, and below is a draft of its substance:

It is clear that the objectives of the Adoption Act are focussed on the needs of children, and this must be the focus of the Inquiry. In effect, it could be considered that there is a relatively simple question for this Inquiry to examine:

 

Would it be better for children if they were able to be adopted by same-sex couples than if they were not able to be adopted by same-sex couples?

 

If the Inquiry determines that the answer to this question is yes, then it follows that the relevant legislation should be amended to allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples. Read the rest of this entry »