Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
Freedom and Truth

Religious groups oppose adopting change in QLD

Debate in Queensland over the legalisation of same-sex adoption was reignited last week after the New South Wales parliament narrowly passed a bill permitting gay and lesbian adoption.

Mixed public reactions have met the controversial legislative change, with both equal rights and religious groups voicing their views on whether Queensland should follow NSW.

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is disappointed with the outcome in NSW, believing the bill should not have passed.

The Queensland state director of the ACL, Peter Earle, said they plan to vigorously lobby against any similar actions in Queensland.

“The bill only passed by two votes, with such a close call it’s debatable as to if it is even wanted,” he said.

“We don’t allow gay marriage, how could we possible justify same-sex adoption.”

Mr Earle said the issue had become a “marketing strategy” for gay rights, the children being forgotten in the process.

“The issue is not about gay rights but about the right of a child to have a mother and father,” he said.

“There is no social research as to how growing up with same sex parents will affect a child.”

However, the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) most recent review of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parented families found there was no harmful impact on children raised by same sex parents.

Stating that issues facing the children of same sex parents come from the general population rather than parenting practices.

The research indicating that the challenges for same sex families come from legal discrimination, social stigma and inequity.

Equal rights lobby groups fear Queensland is a state “set in the past” with NSW predicted to join the ACT, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Rod Goodbun, a spokesman for Action Reform Change Queensland, an advocacy group lobbying for equal rights, believes Queensland should follow NSW as a step towards anti-discrimination.

“Same-sex partners can provide a loving, helping environment, to the same ability as a heterosexual couple, ” he said.

“Adoption is about finding the best available match for a child and there is no social science base to suggest that same-sex couples are unable to provide that.”

Incentive to move

Members of the queer society are now considering relocating to NSW in hopes of starting a family.

Brisbane resident Jessica Harris said she is disappointed the Queensland Government’s lack of action means she has to move to be eligible to adopt.

“I’ve always wanted a family and if it means a move to a different state then that’s what I’m going to have to do,” she said.

“But having to leave my home, my current job and my friends is so unnecessary considering we are all part of the same country.

“I just hope Queensland will soon join other states in the recognition of same-sex couples as viable parents.”

Two amendments to the NSW bill are set to make the adoption process more difficult for same-sex couples.

Birth parents will have an avenue to specify whether they want their children to be adopted by a same-sex couple.

Church adoption agencies may refuse service to gay and lesbian couples without breaching anti-discrimination laws.

Your use of the sub-heading was good, as was the generic picture. I took it out of the body of the story because there wasn’t a caption on it. If you want to send me one, I’ll pop it back into the story for you. Your headline was also solid – and since you flagged the religious group there, it’s another reason why you should mention it in the first par.