Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s childish anti-gay politics take a particularly infantile turn today. The 68-year old politico and his government just introduced the “Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill,” which will prohibit gay couples from adopting international babies.
While some governments would attempt to rationalize such a discriminatory measure, Howard’s apparently feels no need. Attorney General Philip Ruddock’s spokeswoman sent out a disturbingly honest message:
It does apply to overseas adoptions where there is competition for a very small number of available children. The measures will ensure that priority is given to those in typical family arrangements.
Because the orphan market’s really facing a slump, right?
Not all Australian politicians are such bastards, though. Greens Senator Kerry Nettle describes his government as “deeply homophobic,” and describes the “Family Law” thus:
This is a disgraceful move by the Howard government to pander to homophobic and fundamentally religious interests in the lead up to an election.
Using gay panic to grab votes? How original, Howard! Although, your logic’s a bit screwy – you’re pro family, but are attempting to limit the creation of families? What the fuck’s that all about?
Australian Coalition for Equality’s Rodney Croome definitely won’t be voting for Howard or any of his Liberal Party colleagues.
For a government to deliberately set out to stigmatize same-sex couples and their children to win a few votes in the lead up to an election is beneath contempt
The government clearly believes children are better off in a Chinese orphanage or on the streets of Manila than in the care of a loving same-sex couple in Australia.
If Senator Nettle’s to be believed, the government doesn’t care about the children at all.