conservative leadership, in the parliamentary session
opening next week, is introducing a measure that
would deny legal recognition to overseas children
adopted by same-sex couples, TheSydney Morning Herald reported.
championed by Prime Minister John Howard, would deny an
Australian visa to any child a same-sex couple attempts to
bring into the country.
including international adoptions, are now regulated by the
individual Aussie states. The proposed law would override
A similar bill
floated just before the 2004 elections was defeated by the
opposition Labor Party.
The intent is to
ensure that priority for scarce adoptable children is
"given to those in typical family arrangements," Attorney
General Philip Ruddock told the Herald through
clearly believes children are better off in a Chinese
orphanage or on the streets of Manila than in the care of a
loving same-sex couple in Australia," activist Rodney
Croome of the Australian Coalition for Equality told
Howard's government of pandering to the religious right as
another election looms.
"We can call it
'orphans overboard,' " Croome said.
Eleven percent of
Aussie same-sex couples have children living with them,
the country's 2001 census found. Community polls put the
true figure much higher, according to the
coalition--up to 20%.
legalized adoptions by gay couples in 2002, followed by
the Australian Capital Territory in 2004. The Capital
Territory also voted last year to legalize same-sex
civil unions, but on Howard's urging that legislation
was overridden by the federal senate. (Barbara Wilcox,