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Australian Labor Party commits to equal rights to form a family for LGBTI people

Australian Labor Party commits to equal rights to form a family for LGBTI people

The national conference of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has today voted to commit to ensure LGBTI Australians have the same access to the means of starting a family as heterosexual Australians.

Delegates voted to ensure sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status are not barriers to prospective parents seking to access in-vitro fertilization technologies or adoption and that they be able to enter into surrogacy arrangements on the same basis as heterosexual Australians.

The party will also seek to make sure LGBTI families are given equal treatment when it comes to adopting children from overseas into Australia.

The two successful motions were moved by former Labor senator Louise Pratt – a long time supporter of LGBTI equality within the ALP who was herself in a same-sex relationship until her partner transitioned to become a man – and that relationship still endures.

Same-sex marriage has been part of the ALP platform since the party’s last national conference in 2011 but its lawmakers are yet to be bound to vote for the reform in the parliament to placate social conservatives within the party.

However the issue of whether to bind Labor MPs to vote for the reform will be debated again later this weekend before the conference draws to a close and the party may yet still bind its MPs to support the policy.