10 Sep 2010

NSW passes same-sex adoption legislation

11:57 am on 10 September 2010

New South Wales has become the third Australian state or territory to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

A sharply-divided state parliament passed legislation on Thursday.

MPs were given a conscience vote and the legislation was pushed back and forth between both houses as each sought to make amendments, the ABC reports.

Under the final provisions, faith-based adoption agencies will be exempt from anti-discrimination considerations.

People giving up children for adoption will have greater certainty that their preferences regarding prospective parents will be met.

ACT and Western Australia also allow same-sex couples to adopt children.