The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby have urged NSW parliamentarians to support a private member’s bill allowing same-sex adoption, soon to be introduced by Sydney MP Clover Moore.
Moore has requested a Private Member’s Bill be drawn up to allow for same-sex adoption rights.
“[The NSW Labor Government] might have said same-sex adoption is off the table, as far as a Labor Government initiating the proposal, but a private member’s bill will give the whole Parliament an opportunity to consider the issue on its own merits,” Moore told Sydney Star Observer.
“I am hoping that once I put the bill before the house, and the context of why it should be approved is considered, that I will get a response from the majority.
“When I’ve had individual conversations with members, I have had a positive response. That doesn’t necessarily mean when they end up as a party in the chamber, that will be the outcome. But I have had success with this kind of bill in the past, and believe when it’s matter of equity and human rights, the majority will see it that way and act in a humane way.”
Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby policy coordinator Senthorun Raj urged NSW parliamentarians to support such a bill.
“After the extensive inquiry that last year that called for an amendment, the Government should introduce a bill — this needs to be addressed immediately,” Raj said.
“If the Government is unwilling to act, then it is promising to see that this issue is being kept alive by other members in Parliament.
“We would encourage the Government to support this, after a decade of reform bodies suggesting the amendment should be made, this is the last piece of direct legislative discrimination that needs to be removed.”