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ABC Online – “Surrogacy should not be open to gays: Family Association” by Katherine Spackman

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

The Australian Family Association (AFA) says Queensland government plans to allow gay couples to access altruistic surrogacy is not supported by the wider community.

Last week the State Government introduced the legislation which is expected to be debated next year.

A Galaxy Poll commissioned by the association reportedly indicates nine out of ten people believe children should be raised by a mother and father.

AFA Queensland Branch spokesman Michael Ord says traditional family unit should be preserved.

"The problem is that children have the best opportunities in life with a mother and a father," he said.

"Same sex couples can’t naturally have children … that relationship is not a natural relationship in the sense of being able to bring children into life in a natural way and that’s all about self-interest really and its not in the best interest of children to be in that situation."

The State Government has introduced legislation to legalise altruistic surrogacy.

The Opposition has introduced its own bill, but it outlaws surrogacy for homosexual couples.

Parliament has risen for the year and the bill won’t be debated until next year.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has told Parliament commercial surrogacy will remain a criminal offence.

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ABC Online – “Lesbian Mothers get Retrospective Recognition”

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Tasmania’s Legislative Council has voted unanimously to make the legal recognition of lesbian co-mothers retrospective to 2003.

The vote followed the unanimous acceptance to legally recognise two mothers on a birth certificate.

The law was originally rejected in 2003 when gay and lesbian couples were first recognised in Tasmanian law.

Rodney Croome from the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group said it is an important step forward.

"It means those children will now have the benefits which include of course greater legal, emotional and financial security of having two legal parents, both of them mothers, rather than just one legal parent, that has been the case up until now which of course has been their biological mother."

Windermere MLC Ivan Dean said not only would the law recognise parents who are supporting children without legal obligation, but it would also streamline the adoption process.

"Rather than go through the costly process, the drawn-out process of applying for adoption and doing it that way, and going through the Family Court, they will now be able to make the application to the registrar and if they can satisfy the register of their significant relationship, then it will be a fairly easy process for them to be included," he said

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