Media Release: Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

The NSW Government has a duty to act in the best interests of the child and ensure that all children adopted out have the benefit of a mother and father, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) told a NSW Legislative Council adoption by same-sex couples inquiry today.

ACL National Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton told the inquiry that same-sex law reforms passed by the Federal Parliament last year already provide gay people looking after children with the practical rights and responsibilities of parents.

He told the Standing Committee of Law and Justice that, given this was the case, they should resist the transparent tactics of homosexual activists to use the situation of children who are already part of same-sex arrangements, as a lever to achieve same-sex adoption.

“The social order of raising children within opposite sex marriage has been faithfully practiced by diverse cultures for millennia,” he said. “This Committee should not be making recommendations for the care of children that defy commonsense, nature and the overwhelming body of credible research that shows the importance to a child’s development of having both a mother and father.”

Mr Shelton referred to the Wood Inquiry late last year handing down its damning findings into the failure of the State of NSW to protect children through the DoCS.

“DoCS is having enough trouble coping with the fallout of extreme social dysfunction which has sadly resulted in the neglect, abuse and often death of children,” he said.

“For the NSW Government to embark on social experimentation on children through same-sex adoption at a time when the priority of government and the valuable time of a committee such as this should really be focussed on more urgent priorities is indulgent to say the least.”

Mr Shelton said the ACL is opposed to same-sex adoption for three main reasons:

• Social science research, commonsense and natural law point to male and female parenting as being in the best interests of the child.

• Same-sex relationships are inherently more unstable than heterosexual defacto couples and especially married heterosexual couples.

• There were only 125 adoptions in NSW last year and most of these children came from overseas. Childless heterosexual couples wait in line for years to adopt. Why should the cue be lengthened to provide an outcome to serve the self-centred agenda of adults that cannot be achieved naturally?

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan