Following 15 years of legislative wrangling, gay adoption has been legalised in the Australian state of Victoria.
The Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill passed the lower house of the Legislative Assembly, pretty much unopposed.
— Martin Foley (@MartinFoleyMP) December 9, 2015
Previously, same-sex couples could only be fosters or guardians, but could not adopt even if they had cared for a child for years.
The bill passed in the upper house last month, but it did have some last-minute changes exempting religious institutions.
Victorian Minister for Equality, Martin Foley wrote on Facebook: “After 15 years of struggle Victoria now has Adoption Equality. I pay tribute to the work of gender diverse and same-sex families in achieving this milestone. Whilst the work of equality is never done this is a major milestone. Above all it is to recognize the rights of children and loving parents.”
Before the bill goes into effect, it will require royal assent.
— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) December 9, 2015