Media Release: Thursday, August 2, 2007

Legislation to stop same-sex couples from adopting children from overseas would benefit our overseas adoption program and be in the best interests of children, according to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

ACL today welcomed news of Federal Government plans to introduce this legislation to amend the Family Law Act 1975 into the next session of parliament.

“Many countries would be concerned about allowing children to be adopted out to Australia if it meant that they might end up with same-sex parents,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.

“If this legislation is passed it will help to safeguard Australia’s overseas adoption programs. This is of great importance to childless heterosexual couples waiting to adopt a child from another country.

“The ACL has always been strongly opposed to same-sex adoption because we believe it is in the best interests of the child to start out in life with both a mother and a father,” Mr Wallace said.

“The Government’s plan to introduce the legislation is good news for children and I hope the Opposition will support it.”

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan