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Gay adoption a step too far for Bligh

THE Bligh government refuses to change the law to allow same-sex couples to adopt, despite yesterday trumpeting its efforts to remove roadblocks to equality.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser last night introduced a bill into Queensland Parliament that would allow same-sex couples and heterosexual couples to register their relationship as a civil union.

Premier Anna Bligh hailed the move as an important step forward to recognise committed, loving same-sex relationships, but stopped short of backing adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples.

"This was considered by the government in August 2009 and it was decided this would not go ahead," Ms Bligh told brisbanetimes.com.au in a brief statement last night.

"The government has no plans to revisit this issue."

Same-sex couples are already allowed to foster children and were last year granted access to altruistic surrogacy, whereby a woman agrees to have a baby for another couple for no money.

Read more on the Brisbane Times



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