Australia’s First Gay Adoption

Although everyone’s identities are still anonymous, the new dads and baby are doing very well. The couple was approved to adopt about three years ago. And the adoption has been called “groundbreaking” by the state government.

Western Australia Attorney-General Jim McGinty said the child’s best interests were considered.

McGinty explained, “The only consideration when it comes to adoption is the best interests of the child. That’s the only criteria that needs to be employed, not the sexual orientation of the parent. So long as the child is in a loving, caring relationship I don’t think he can ask for much more than that.”

The Western Australia Labor government passed legislation in 2002 allowing same-sex couples to adopt, but Prime Minister John Howard opposes gay adoption. Similar same-sex adoption laws exist in Tasmania and the ACT.

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