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Case underway against adoption laws

in NEW ZEALAND, 22/11/2013

A claim that New Zealand’s adoption laws discriminate in ten different ways, including sexual orientation, is being heard at the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

The case being taken by the network Adoption Action against the Attorney-General is underway in Wellington.

The claim is being defended by the Crown but has received support in submissions filed by the Human Rights Commission and the Children’s Commissioner.

Adoption Action spokesman Robert Ludbrook says the Adoption Act was passed 58 years ago and reflects the attitudes and values that prevailed at that time.  “Successive governments have failed to amend or replace the many archaic provisions of the 1955 Act, despite more than 100 recommendations made by the Law Commission in a wide-ranging report in 2000.”

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