For release: 2 April 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby has appealed to the South Australian Government to not amend the Adoption Act to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

On Tuesday ACL lodged a submission with the Department for Education and Child Development who are 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.

“Of course, this situation is not always achievable due to death or family tragedy. However 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 development. Some children raised by gay parents are now starting to find their voice, for example Heather Barwick, who makes the point that her mother’s lesbian partner could never replace the father she lost.

If, contrary to the best interests of children, the South Australian government proceeds to legislate for same-sex adoption, the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 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.