LGBT people in Australia are legally protected from discrimination and have largely equal rights and responsibilities at law. Assisted reproductive technology ART has created new family structures and parent types. This chapter reviews how Australian law has responded to the social reality of gay and lesbian couples having children and raising families.
The Coalition's history on LGBT issues is mixed; during the s, Liberal politicians such as John Gorton and Murray Hill worked across party lines in supporting the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Views are not as positive in the U.
In Junethe then Attorney-General asked the Family Law Council to consider a range of issues in relation to who is considered to be a parent of a child under the Family Law Act Its website has information and updates on laws affecting same-sex parents.
Queensland Diverse Voices This non-profit organisation has a peer-to-peer telephone and internet counselling service. Some of the laws using this. Though the study identified that very little is known about rainbow families' experiences of separation and family law, the findings highlight the continued centrality of heteronormative ways of 'doing family' in Australian law, services, and society.
In conclusion, adoption and fostering for same-sex couples is legal in Australia except for adoption in the Northern Territory.
Families, policy and the law : selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Archived from the original on 14 July However, Ms Keaton's application for access was successful, based upon the 'best interest of the child' principle.
The case of Aldridge v Keaton featured a child-contact dispute between the mother of a child and her former same-sex partner. Main article: LGBT parenting. Its website has information and updates on laws affecting same-sex parents.
Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in documents and government records. Main article: Intersex rights in Australia. Recognising Children of Same-Sex Couples. Pink News.