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The Age – "PM condemns ACT gay adoptions laws" by AAP

Prime Minister John Howard today condemned Australia’s first laws which will allow gay couples to adopt children.

He said the new ACT laws were an example of political correctness, but said children should ideally be raised by a married mother and father.

The new laws in the ACT are part of a new ACT Bill of Rights.

But federal cabinet is expected to examine the laws and to decide whether or not the federal government should intervene and have them overturned.

Federal parliament has previously used its constitutional powers to overturn the Northern Territory laws on voluntary euthanasia.

Mr Howard said he had examined the ACT laws and said he opposed any bill of rights, as it could lead to limits on individual freedoms.

“I think the idea of the ACT having a bill of rights is ridiculous. If you’re going to have things like that, they should be done on a nationwide basis,” he told the John Laws radio program.

“This is political correctness inside the Labor Party parading itself for all the world to see.”

He said he did not support gay adoptions.

“I don’t support gay adoption, no,” Mr Howard said.

“I’m against gay adoption, just as I’m against gay marriage.

“I think there are certain benchmark institutions and arrangements in our society that you don’t muck around with.

“Children ideally should be brought up by a mother and a father who are married. That’s the ideal.”

Mr Howard said he knew unmarried couples could be good and loving parents, but the best conditions for children were to be raised by married parents.

“I believe in the maximum conditions of stability for people who have children,” he said.

“I think it is incredibly important that people have role models of both sexes.”

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