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Adoption bill passes

He may not be gay (damn it!), but Hugh Jackman and his wife are a great example of the love adoptive homes can bring kids.

He may not be gay (damn it!), but Hugh Jackman and his wife are a great example of the love adoptive homes can bring kids.

Date: 10-Sep-2010

The NSW government has passed the bill being debated this week, allowing same-sex couples the right to adopt. The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has welcomed the decision, saying it is the removal of the final piece of direct discrimination on a state level aimed at gay couples.

The Act now makes all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, eligible to adopt a child.

"We are very pleased that NSW Parliament has acted in the best interests of children, ensuring all children are able to have two legally recognised parents, regardless of their family structure," the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby's Kellie McDonald said.

"Same-sex couples, like all other prospective adoptive parents, will now be judged on their individual merits and their capacity to provide a loving and stable home for a child," Senthorun Raj, GLRL Policy and Development Coordinator, says.

"Publicly funded organisations, providing adoption services, should not be entitled to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity," he says.

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