New South Wales Passes Gay Adoption Bill

by Allison Marcotte | Article Date: 09/03/2010 1:56 PM

A bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children was passed Thursday by the lower house of parliament in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state.

According to The Australian, the bill passed with a close vote. It will allow same-sex couples to adopt a child together, as they can in the Australian Capital Territory and in Western Australia.

“Forty-six MPs voted for the historic bill and 44 voted against it yesterday, after a two-day debate,” reported The Australian on Thursday.

In an effort to make sure the bill passed, Sydney MP Clover Moore, who introduced it, included an amendment to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples without violating antidiscrimination laws.

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown

Attorney and Advocate at Time For Families
Who am I? On the deepest level, I am blessed. I have an amazing partner, who I have known since 1989 and been married to since 2004. I am the donor dad of two beautiful daughters who have two moms who are equally amazing. My husband and I have expanded our family through surrogacy and have a seven-year old son. I have had three careers (acting, massage therapy and the law) and I am still discovering myself. I am the Board Chair of Men Having Babies. The one thing I know for sure is that life is about trusting your instincts. Family is an instinct.
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