Sydney submission steps up fight against gay adoption

A submission by the Archdiocese of Sydney's Marriage and Family Office into NSW's review of gay adoption laws has rejected a proposal to extend adoption rights to same-sex couples.

In the submission, the Marriage and Family Office says it "supports those objects of the [NSW Adoption] Act which enshrine the 'best interests of the child' as the paramount consideration and that adoption 'is to be regarded as a service for the child concerned'."

The Office, which opened early this year, says the best interests of the child can only be served "by the provision of both an adoptive mother and an adoptive father who have made the lifetime commitment of marriage."

The submission flatly rejected a proposal to extend adoption rights to same-sex couples, arguing that "there is a lack of reliable evidence demonstrating the equivalence of homosexual parenting with that provided by a married heterosexual couple."

"In contrast," the submission continued, "there is significant evidence which confirms that married couples offer the best environment for a child's psychological, emotional and intellectual development and that children fare best when they live with a mother and a father."

Submissions for the review to be conducted by the NSW Department of Community Services of the Adoption Act closed on Wednesday.

Archdiocese of Sydney contributes to review of Adoption Act (Archdiocese of Sydney 1/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Text of submission (PDF)
Life Office, Archdiocese of Sydney

Pell prepares for fight on gay adoption (CathNews 1/5/06)
Scottish Catholics seek opt-out on adoption laws (CathNews 18/1/06)
Church concerned for adopted children of same-sex couples (CathNews 25/7/05)

My life as a gay Christian judge (Daily Telegraph 2/6/06)

2 Jun 2006