All of Australia arrives in 2018, India way behind.
Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children All Over Australia
The Northern Territory in Australia has finally allowed same-sex couples to adopt children anywhere in the country. The region was the last in the country where the same-sex couples were banned from adopting children.
The territory passed the Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017 in its only house of parliament, bringing it at par with the entire country vis-a-vis adoption laws for same-sex couples.
Earlier, the same-gender couples could just foster and take children into permanent care, but were not eligible for adoption, local media reported.
Dale Wakefield, NT’s Minister for Territory Families, said that modernising adoption laws reflected the diversity of Territory families.
“All couples, regardless of marital status or gender, who genuinely want to provide children with a loving, caring and safe home environment, should have the legal right to apply,” Wakefield was quoted as saying by Outinperth.com.
Human Rights Activist and a member of Human Rights Law Centre said: “The Northern Territory joins the rest of Australia in recognising that what matters most is that children grow up in loving and safe homes – regardless of the gender of the people that care for them.”
Twenty-five countries around the world have granted the right to marry a person from the same gender, and 27 countries allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
Section 377 of the India Penal Code criminalizes homosexuality and same-sex marriages are not recognized in India.