‘Equal­ity is equal­ity’ in gay adoption is­sue

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Porirua City coun­cil­lor ’Ana Cof­fey sup­ports The Care of Chil­dren Law Re­form Bill, which could give gay cou­ples the right to adopt chil­dren. The bill, in­tro­duced by Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, would amend New Zealand’s 50-year-old adoption laws. Cur­rently gay in­di­vid­u­als can adopt chil­dren, as can de facto cou­ples, but part­ners in a civil union are pre­cluded un­der the Act. Coun­cil­lor Cof­fey said Porirua City Coun­cil would prob­a­bly have voted in sup­port of the bill, had they dis­cussed it. Equal­ity is equal­ity, she said, and these adoption rules come from the same out­dated leg­is­la­tion that pre­vents gay cou­ples from be­ing mar­ried. She said the bill may en­gen­der con­tro­versy amongst the pub­lic be­cause it in­volves chil­dren. ‘‘Ev­ery­one has their own ideas on how chil­dren should be brought up, and what they need in their lives.’’

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