For release: 23 March 2015

The Australian Christian lobby today appealed to the Victorian Government to reconsider its position on changing the Adoption Act to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

ACL yesterday lodged a submission with the Department of Premier and Cabinet which is reviewing the Act.

ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said opening up adoption to same-sex couples was not in the best interests of the child.

“No one denies that two men can love a baby but every child has the right, wherever possible, to be raised by their mother and father.

“If children cannot be returned to their parents, the state on behalf of the community has a duty to restore them to, as near as possible, the mother and father environment they have tragically lost.” Mr Flynn said.

“The social order of raising children within opposite sex parenting has been faithfully practiced by diverse cultures for millennia,” he said. “This government should not be enacting legislation that ignores the overwhelming body of research that shows both a mother and father are important to optimising a child’s development1.”

If, contrary to the best interests of children, the Victorian government proceeds to legislate for same-sex adoption, the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 should be amended. This should allow parents of children who are being adopted and faith-based adoption agencies to prescribe that a particular child be adopted by a mother and father.

Mr Flynn said it was important that ideology was not allowed to trump policy in the best interests of the child.

1 Professor Patrick Parkinson (July 2011), For Kids’ Sake: Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People, The University of Sydney, p 48.