THE Victorian Labor opposition has called on Premier Denis Napthine to condemn state upper house Liberal MP Bernie Finn over public comments criticising same-sex adoption.

The call comes after the Premier signalled last week he would be open to legalising same-sex adoption in Victoria, following a change to Victorian Labor’s policy platform that thrust the issue into the media. Napthine said he is “philosophically not against it”, and indicated the government was investigating the issue.

“My reaction is we should always act in the best interests of the child and what we need to do is make sure that we provide for children who need an alternate home, we provide the best opportunity to have a loving home and that loving home can be a loving family of various descriptions,” Napthine said.

“What is a modern family today is quite different to the nuclear family of the 1950s.”

After the Premier’s comments, Bernie Finn took to Facebook to make his state views on same-sex adoption, saying he would rather join the cheer squad for the Collingwood Football Club before he would support same-sex adoption.

He also said: “After thousands of years of mums and dads, you show me the proof having two mums or two dads won’t hurt the kids.”

Finn was widely-criticised earlier this year for arguing against abortion under any circumstances, including rape.

Labor’s spokesperson for LGBTI equality Martin Foley said the Premier should condemn “the culture of homophobia within the Liberal Party”.

“The Premier must condemn Bernie Finn and call out his comments for what they are — homophobic,” Foley said.

Napthine said he disagreed with Finn’s comments, but stopped short of addressing the allegation of homophobia within the Victorian Liberal Party.

“I have made my views known on this and do not support what Mr Finn has said,” Napthine told the Star Observer.

Last week Prahran state Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown told the Star Observer he was investigating same-sex adoption in Victoria. Newton-Brown is meeting with some of the state’s rainbow families to learn more.

Rainbow Families Council said they were encouraged by the Premier’s openness on the issue, and said they looked forward to taking rainbow families to meet with Newton-Brown.

“We’re meeting with Clem Newton-Brown and taking some families to meet him… Rainbow families are like any other families, full of people that love and nurture each other,” a spokesperson told the Star Observer.

“Rainbow Families Council were really encouraged by Denis Napthine’s comments last week.”

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