The ruling Liberal National Party (LNP) has announced plans to make it a crime for gay couples, single people or heterosexual couples in a relationship for less than two years to enter into an altruistic surrogacy. (Compensated arrangements are banned in most of Australia.)
This follows other recent setbacks in Australia’s second-largest territory: Less than a year after gay couples won the right to enter into civil partnerships, they were swapped for “registered relationships” and denied access to state ceremonies. LGBT-specific health services have been defunded by the state government, which also announced plans to remove recognition of same-sex partners as parents.
LGBT activists recently protested the LNP’s state conference in Brisbane over these reversals. But the Family Council of Children—sort of an Aussie version of the American Family Association—says things like surrogacy would deprive children of a mother and father. “Does this lobby group only care about equal rights for gay activists, but not equal rights for defenseless children?” FCC spokesman Dr. David van Gend posed in a statement.
Funny story: As recently as the 1970s, the Australian government routinely removed (some might say “stole”) Aboriginal children of mixed ancestry from their mothers and fathers under the assumption that they’d have a better shot being raised in a civilized white community.