Tasmania Gives the Thumbs Up to Gay Adoption

Last week was a big one for gay and lesbian couples. The Supreme Court in the United States invalidated part of DOMA and cleared the way for California to recognize marriages of same sex couples. And now the Australian state of Tasmania has given the thumbs up to same-sex couples who want to adopt.

The new law, just passed by the Upper House, allows any couple registered under the Relationship Act – basically their domestic partnership law – to adopt children. It was supported by all but three MPs.

This is a pretty big deal, especially when you realize that Tasmania was the last Australian state to decriminalize homosexuality in the 1990s.

The idea of prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from adoption was absurd to some of the Tasmanian MPs. Murchison Independent Ruth Forrest was one of them. She said, “To suggest that a same-sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple, is both absurd and unsubstantiated.”

She’s right, of course. Children raised by same-sex couples aren’t any worse off than children of heterosexual couples. That didn’t keep some Tasmanian MPs from arguing that very thing. It seems to be a drum the anti-equality brigade likes to bang; in fact, just last week Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler made that argument on the PBS Newshour.

Come on, people! Will someone please think of the children?!

Earlier this year, the Lower House of parliament approved the measure.

The spokesperson of Gay and Lesbian Rights Group Rodney Croome hopes that this step will lead to a reconsideration of marriage equality:

“The passage of the Adoption Bill gives me hope that we will revisit the marriage bill and pass this, the open heartedness of some MLCs [Members of the Legislative Council, the Upper House of Parliament] to do what’s in the best interest of children, removing discrimination against same sex couples, having a more tolerant and inclusive society,” he said.


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Stacey Toda
Stacey Toda2 years ago

Great to hear. Change is coming, slowly but surely

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago

Thanks, greart!

Hannah Gaden Gilmartin
Hannah Gilmartin2 years ago

Great news!

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago


Allan Yorkowitz
.2 years ago

A bittersweet victory.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson2 years ago


Alice Mullen
Alice Mullen2 years ago

This is great news.

Sandra Santana
Sandra Santana2 years ago

Yay Tasmania!

Christine Stewart

The ideal should be loving parents, not the gender of one's parents. Think of all the kids in foster care- I bet quite a few of them had heterosexual parents and it didn't stop them from having to go into the foster system...

Ken Goldsmith
Ken Goldsmith2 years ago

Always been ahead of the curve, those Taswegians. It used to be incest, and we Ozzies used to joke that many of them had two heads.
If they were allowed to adopt, (even from overseas, which our authorities, in their wisdom, have progressively made more difficult over the years), then this could at least do less harm, possibly even some good. They should not be allowed to use IVF, or surrogates, to create more life.