The Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 has been passed by the NSW Parliament after considerable debate. This Bill allows same-sex couples the right to adopt a child. However, it was amended so that couples relinquishing their child for adoption can indicate whether they are prepared to have a same-sex couple adopt their child.
The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) gay and lesbian social network says anti-homophobia education for defence personnel must improve following revelations 40 ADF members who joined a gay-hate Facebook page in 2010 have escaped punishment.
On Friday 17 June, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a historic resolution on the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people that “seeks equal rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.” The resolution passed following a tense debate and narrow vote, in which African states accused South Africa of breaking ranks with the region following its introduction of the resolution.