Same-Sex Adoption Reform Planned For The Northern Territory

Legislation allowing same-sex and unmarried couples to adopt children in the Northern Territory is on the way, it’s been reported.

News Corp reported the territory’s Labor Government and the opposition Country Liberal Party will both support the adoption reform legislation.

Under the territory’s current legislation, couples must be married for two years to be considered as adoptive parents.

Families Minister Dale Wakefield said the current laws discriminated against unmarried and same-sex couples.

Notice of the legislation change will be given in the November sittings of Parliament, News Corp reported.

But the planned changes won’t allow unpartnered Territorians to adopt, a change a government spokesman said would be made later.

Jane Black from LGBTI advocacy group Rainbow Territory welcomed the “long overdue” reform, and said dropping the restrictions on unmarried couples was an important step for both gay and heterosexual people across the NT.

The Northern Territory is the last jurisdiction in Australia to allow same-sex and unmarried couples to adopt children.

South Australia was the last state to reform their adoption laws in late 2016.

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