Church concerned for adopted children of same-sex couples

The Church has stressed the priority of the rights of children in the wake of changes recommended by the Law Reform Commission that include legal protection for same-sex couples who act as parents.

Lesbians would be able to adopt their partner's child under a system called "deemed adoption" if recommendations by the Victorian Law Reform Commission are adopted. In a move that could affect hundreds of same-sex couples, the non-biological mother would for the first time be legally recognised as the child's parent.

The Herald-Sun reports that Melbourne Archdiocesan Vicar General, Monsignor Les Tomlinson, said children's rights should supersede those of same-sex couples and singles.

"To legislate changes) would be depriving a child of their rightful entitlement to a mother and a father," he said.

Similarly, Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan told The Age the rights of the child were paramount.

The commission also recommended that adoption laws be expanded to grant same-sex couples the same access to adoption as heterosexual couples.

Same-sex law storm (Herald-Sun 23/7/05)
Lesbian adoption mooted (The Age 23/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Melbourne
Catholic Health Australia

Church concern as lesbians and singles win IVF therapy (CathNews 12/5/05)
Ethicist warns on Reproductive Technology threat to children's rights (CathNews 17/11/04)
Same-sex adoption seen as threat to marriage (CathNews 24/3/03)

25 Jul 2005