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Australia Wont Budge on Adoption

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The state government in Australia's New South Wales, which includes Sydney, decided Thursday that it won't allow same-sex couples to adopt, saying there isn't enough community support to justify changing the law, TheSydney Morning Herald reports.

The NSW decision comes despite a parliamentary inquiry that said allowing adoption by gay couples would "ensure the best interest" of Australia's children.

Kellie McDonald of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby called the decision "extremely disappointing." "If the NSW government's primary concern was the interest of the children, it would rectify the discrimination of the NSW Adoption Act," she said. "I'm not sure what more can be done."

Both the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia allow adoption by same-sex couples.

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