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Adopted children need a mum and a dad too
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FamilyVoice Victoria Director Peter Stevens today called on state MPs to reject the Andrews government’s bill to legalise adoption by same-sex couples.   
Pastor Stevens is concerned that amendments to Victoria’s adoption laws would remove two key safeguards for children – stability and an optimal parenting environment.
“Where possible, children should be brought up in a stable context with the love of both a mum and dad,” he said.
“Male and female parents offer unique, complementary and important nurturing roles.  Social policy for adoptive children must be guided by the best interests of the children, who ideally need role models of both sexes,” Peter Stevens said.  “As a father and an advocate for the importance of marriage and family life, I am very concerned that this bill puts the desires of adults above the welfare of children.”
Frank Ligtvoet, who is raising a girl with his male partner, has expressed his adopted daughter’s struggle with the reality of not having a mother in her day-to-day life.
“How can legislating for such arrangements be in the best interests of children?” Peter Stevens asked.
“At the very least, religious groups who care deeply about the welfare of children need exemptions from this legislation to protect their fundamental right to freedom of conscience and belief.  Otherwise, our state’s much va


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