Labour pledges support for adults – not children

NZ Herald 14 Oct 2011
The Labour Party will legalise adoption for gay and lesbian people under its new “Rainbow Issues” policy – an issue the Prime Minister has put on the backburner, saying it is not a priority.
The Labour Party policy was released this week, including a promise to modernise the law “to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need”.
Labour MP Charles Chauvel said there was a misperception same-sex couples could adopt, when that was not the case under the Adoption Act 1955. The new stance confirmed as formal party policy the private member’s bill by Labour MP Jacinda Ardern to allow same-sex adoption. Mr Chauvel said Labour would ask the Law Commission to consider the law and modernise it.

…Prime Minister John Key has consistently refused to change the law to allow same-sex adoptions, despite feting the gay community with annual appearances and dancing on the stage at the Big Gay Out. He has said it is not a priority during the economic downturn, given the low number of adoptions in NZ.
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4 comments for “Labour pledges support for adults – not children

  1. Stephen.H.
    17 October 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I am interested in adoption as a relation of abortion (to me an obvious abomination), and in homosexuality in public life only limited, but to me the premise of the amoral and liberterian movements been freedom of choice.

    Do the children in these adoptions have freedom of choice?

    If they would like to compare these adoptions with inter-racial adoptions, aren’t these being avoided now – unanimously?

    I think we may be witnessing the exposure of the hypocracy of these movements.

  2. Mark
    18 October 2011 at 10:16 am

    do any children have the freedom of choice?

  3. Stephen.H.
    19 October 2011 at 3:42 pm

    (By proxy, if too young to give an opinion, by the appointed legal power.)

    It may be in years to come a grown adopted child would seek redress from the Crown for being moved out of the mainstream.

  4. Stephen.H.
    19 October 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Of course in the vast majority of cases it is the birth parent/s or designated ‘guardians’ who have the choice, and under Labour they could be under the same legal threat.

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