Australian bill to ban same-sex couples from accessing surrogacy

Opposition deputy leader Lawrence Springborg [pictured] has attempted to derail the Government’s stance on surrogacy, as it relates to gay couples. He’s introduced a bill to ban same-sex couples and single mothers from accessing surrogacy.

Under the laws he introduced, only married and defacto heterosexual couples – who have been together for at least two years – would legally be able to have a child via surrogate.

But Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the bill was a “disgraceful step backwards for Queensland”.

“The Opposition’s Bill will return Queensland to the Joh-era of arch-conservatism and rank discrimination, by demonizing single mothers and same-sex couples,” he said.

“The Government’s draft legislation, which is currently open for public consultation, demonstrates the Bligh Government’s commitment to social reform, equality and the importance of family.”