The Option of Adoption

Salient Magazine (Victoria University) 13 Sep 2010
Incredibly, New Zealand’s existing Adoption Act has not been amended since its introduction in 1955; predictably, it forbids same-sex couples to adopt. However, a recent High Court ruling has given hope to campaigners for equal rights. Salient feature writer Elle Hunt investigates the gay adoption debate
A contrasting viewpoint – As much as revising the Adoption Act seems to be a commonsense decision, some are against extending adoption options to de facto, civil-unionised and same-sex couples. Bob McCoskrie, of Family First, is of the opinion that only married heterosexual couples should be allowed to adopt. “It’s not just a gay adoption issue for us. At the end of the day, adoption is not about providing a child to a family—it’s about providing a family to a child. And I think the problem with this whole debate is that it’s been taken from an adult perspective [on] adult-centred policies: that it’s about the rights of adults, and we say, no, it’s actually about the rights of children, and what’s in their best interests.”