Adoption

Adoption is not an option for same sex couples in Queensland.

Prior to 2009, only married couples (which clearly does not include same sex couples) could adopt a child in Queensland.  In 2009, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation that allowed defacto couples also to adopt, but specifically excluded same sex couples. No reason was given or discussed during the debate in parliament. Under special circumstances, such as severe disabilities, a single person may also adopt a child, but there is no provision for same sex couples to adopt.

This legislation applies to both children available for adoption in Queensland, and for intercountry adoption.