Blair Gives Equal Adoption Rights to Gays and Lesbians; an Important New Voice Joins the Mail on Sunday
Byline: PETER HITCHENS
GAYS and lesbians will be given equal rights to adopt children under new plans to be launched this week by Tony Blair.
The Prime Minister will unveil the most radical reform of the adoption process in a generation in a bid to end the misery suffered by thousands of children in care homes.
Family groups attacked the new guidelines that will encourage gay or lesbian individuals to adopt.
Robert Whelan, director of Family and Youth Concern, said: 'It is asking for trouble. Why take a risk like this?
There is evidence children in gay households don't do so well.' Any married couple will now be allowed to adopt as will individuals, whether gay or straight. But ministers have rejected more radical moves to allow gay couples to adopt jointly. However, councils will be forced to tear up restrictions that, for example, refused adoptions to smokers and people aged over 35 or weighing more than 15 stone.
The guidelines will stop politically correct practices that have made it tough for white couples to adopt black or mixed race children.
The guidelines will form part of the adoption White Paper that aims to speed up the process and reduce the time children spend in care. …