NZ Herald Aug 20, 2009
The acting head judge of the Family Court has called for gay and lesbian couples to be given rights to adopt children, just as a private member’s bill on the issue goes into the ballot for Parliament’s order paper today. Paul von Dadelszen says New Zealand is lagging behind many other countries and should allow both homosexual couples and de facto heterosexual couples to adopt children.
A bill proposing this, sponsored in the last Parliament by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei and now taken up by gay Green MP Kevin Hague, is in a queue of 30 private member’s bills that will go into a ballot today to choose the next members’ bills on the parliamentary order paper. Former Labour Government Justice Minister Annette King said the issue was “on our work agenda” before the election but she ran out of time before losing office. But the National Government’s Justice Minister Simon Power said the issue was not on his work programme.