SAME-sex couples in Victoria who want to adopt children are now one step closer to having their dreams realised with the Victorian Government today announcing a review of family laws that could legislate for equality.

As part of the review process, the government has invited public submissions to permit adoption of children by same-sex couples under Victorian law.

Equality Minister Martin Foley said same-sex couples and their families find themselves unrecognised by the current adoption laws.

“Our review will tell us the best ways to legislate for adoption equality, to make sure we get it right,” he told reporters at a media doorstop in St Kilda this morning.

“It (the law change) will affect hundreds, if not thousands of children in Victoria whose legal ties with their guardians are severed when they turn 18.”

Foley said the review would examine how best to legislate for adoption equality, not whether the law changes should happen.

The review is to report to the minister by May 8.

Same-sex adoption was one of the key LGBTI policies the current Labor Government plugged during its election campaign in the lead-up to the November poll last year.

During Pride March Victoria in Melbourne earlier this month, Premier Daniel Andrews would not provide indication of when Victoria was likely to see legislation on adoption equality, but shifted focus to the potential battle the government faced in getting a bill through the upper house.

“We’re taking our time to get it right, but they will be introduced, and I hope that every single member of the Victorian Parliament recognises that we’re in 2015, not 1815, and votes with the government to deliver that adoption equality,” he said at the time.

NSW, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT already have adoption equality law.

To make a submission to the review to permit adoption by same-sex couples under Victorian law, click here.

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