Under NSW law, a single gay person can adopt a child but their partner is not legally recognised as a parent. The Australian Christian Lobby said a homosexual relationship did not provide a stable environment for a child.
Community Services Minister Linda Burney requested an inquiry to look at altering the NSW Adoption Act to allow same-sex couples to adopt.
ACL spokesman Lyle Shelton told the inquiry that "research shows that the most stable relationship is a married heterosexual relationship and that's where there is the least promiscuity." Mr Shelton went on to say that the move to legalise adoption by same-sex couples was ideologically driven by gay activists. "Not content with having discrimination removed, (they) are now pursuing symbolic gains and holding up children as trophies for their own agenda," he said.
Another important issue is that adopted children have the right to be adopted into a family where there is a mother and father.
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