New South Wales passes gay adoption bill

The Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales, where
Sydney is located, passed a bill to legalize adoption by same-sex couples
Sept. 2. The vote was 46-42, following two days of debate.

The measure permits church-affiliated adoption agencies to continue to
discriminate against gay couples without fear of prosecution.

One other state, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory
allow gay couples to adopt together. The bill now moves to the upper
house, the Legislative Council.

By Rex Wockner


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