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Gay Couples Should Be Allowed To Adopt - Judge

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Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - Gay, lesbian and unmarried couples should be allowed to adopt children, Family Court acting head judge Paul von Dadelszen says.

A member's bill proposing this will go into the ballot at Parliament today.

It may not be drawn for some time.

Judge von Dadelszen said New Zealand was lagging behind over its adoption rules, The New Zealand Herald reported.

He gave his personal views during a speech in Wellington earlier in the week.

The Adoption Act was outdated, discriminatory and breached the Bill of Rights Act, the Human Rights Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, he said.

Under the Act only married couples and individuals can adopt children.

Chief Families Commissioner Jan Pryor has agreed to meet with Judge von Dadelszen in October to discuss the issue after he suggested the Families Commission should promote the issue.

Gay Green MP Kevin Hague has taken up support for a bill which would allow homosexual and de facto couples to adopt children.

United Future leader Peter Dunne said legalising gay adoption would be contrary to "the view of the mainstream".

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