Queensland Law Allows Same Sex Couples and Single People to Adopt Children
Laws allowing same-sex couples and other previously-excluded groups to adopt children in Queensland have been passed in the state parliament.
The changes, which were debated late on Wednesday night, will broaden the pool of potential adoptive parents to also include single people and those undergoing fertility treatment.
Same-sex couples are already allowed to adopt children in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. South Australia and the Northern Territory remain on the other side of the law.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman told parliament the changes would remove a discriminatory barrier.
‘While Queensland may not be the first to break down this barrier, I am determined we will not be the last,’ she said.