NZ Herald 14 Oct 2011
The Labour Party will legalise adoption for gay and lesbian people under its new “Rainbow Issues” policy – an issue the Prime Minister has put on the backburner, saying it is not a priority.
The Labour Party policy was released this week, including a promise to modernise the law “to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need”.
Labour MP Charles Chauvel said there was a misperception same-sex couples could adopt, when that was not the case under the Adoption Act 1955. The new stance confirmed as formal party policy the private member’s bill by Labour MP Jacinda Ardern to allow same-sex adoption.
Mr Chauvel said Labour would ask the Law Commission to consider the law and modernise it.
Prime Minister John Key has consistently refused to change the law to allow same-sex adoptions, despite feting the gay community with annual appearances and dancing on the stage at the Big Gay Out. He has said it is not a priority during the economic downturn, given the low number of adoptions in NZ.