Thursday, September 2, 2010

Australian Adoption Bill Clears Lower House

In the Australian state of New South Wales the proposed adoption bill... albeit with the amendments that give special rights to "religious organizations" has passed the lower house by two votes. In a 44-42 split, this was an important conscious vote by the MP's of NSW. Though the bill was unfortunately watered down, as I have written about extensively on this blog; that the lower house passed it is commendable. Full story at The Australian

 A bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in NSW has been passed by the lower house of parliament by two votes
Forty-six MPs voted for the historic bill and 44 voted against it yesterday, after a two-day debate.
The bill, introduced by independent Sydney MP Clover Moore, allows same-sex couples to adopt a child together. Gay couples can already adopt in the ACT and Western Australia.
Voting on the issue in NSW was always going to be close and the result was initially unclear as a similar number of MPs filled each side of the parliamentary floor.
At the last minute, the doors were unlocked for the dissenting MP and leader of the Nationals Andrew Stoner, who was late because of a problem with the lift.
Reintroducing the bill on Wednesday, Ms Moore included an amendment that gives church adoption agencies the right to refuse services to same-sex couples without breaching anti-discrimination laws.
What do all of you think about the bill? Especially those of my readers who live in NSW? Was MP Moore's amendment a good thing? Or would you rather the bill be defeated, yet left the original language intact? 

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