Victorian Labor pledges approval to same-sex adoption
If Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews gains power at this year’s election, Labor has pledged to legalise same-sex adoption.
The decision to support same-sex adoption was made on Saturday when Victoria’s Labor delegates met at Labor’s state conference.
Labor members unanimously approved to move for legalised adoption for same-sex couples. The proposed change to legislation would bring Victorian into line with NSW, Tasmania, the ACT and WA which all approve same-sex adoption.
Currently Victoria’s gay and lesbian couples are only able to foster children or be appointed as guardians.
The proposed changes to legislation would also allow step parents in same-sex couples where one partner already had children, be allowed to adopt their partner’s child.
Labor’s spokesman on gay and lesbian rights, Martin Foley, said the move would protect the rights of children and families.
‘‘From this principled position Victorian Labor Party has today taken a stand to defend the rights of the many types of rainbow families and their growing number of children who live under discriminatory laws today in our community,’’ Foley said.
The proposed Labor platform means Victoria’s same-sex couples are one step closer to being able to adopt.