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Church urges Tasmanian Govt to shelve same sex adoption report

Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle has called on the State Government not to act on the recently-released Tasmanian Law Reform Institute's final report on adoption by same sex couples.

The final report from the Tasmania Law Reform Institute released yesterday recommended that the state's Adoption Act should be amended to allow homosexual and de facto partners to apply for adoption.

"I believe it is in the best interests of Tasmanian society that the Government leave our adoption laws alone," said Archbishop Doyle.

"The Institute now seems to place the emphasis on the individual same sex couple and that couple's ability to be good parents. With no research backing, this is a risky course to recommend."

However, while condemning the conclusion of the report, Archbishop Doyle welcomed the its acknowledgement of the right of the relinquishing parents to have a say on the sexual orientation of the adoptive couple.

Catholic Media Tasmania

Tasmania Law Reform Institute | Adoption by same sex couples, Final Report (full text, PDF) | media release (PDF)
Institute calls for same-sex adoption (The Examiner)
Gay adoption a step nearer (The Mercury)
Law institute recommends gay couple adoption rights (ABC)

29 May 2003