TASMANIAN GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS GROUP

Media Statement
Thursday April 14th 2011

SURROGACY LAW TREATS COUPLES EQUALLY
CALL ON UPPER HOUSE TO HEED ANTI-BIAS RECOMMENDATION

An attempt to place greater restrictions on surrogacy arrangements involving same-sex couples has failed in the State Lower House.

The Liberal Party sought a three year waiting period before same-sex couples in a state Deed of Relationship (the Tasmanian equivalent of a civil partnership) could enter a legally-recognised surrogacy arrangement, while not imposing such a condition on heterosexual married couples.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said it is important that all relationships are treated equally under the law.

“Partners who enter a Deed of Relationship have demonstrated their commitment and should not have to jump through yet more hoops”, Mr Croome said.

During debate on the Bill earlier in the week, the Tasmanian Liberal Party decided to allow same-sex surrogacy under certain conditions after the Party’s attempt to outlaw it failed.

Mr Croome called on Upper House members not to support discriminatory amendments when they debate the Bill next month.

“We urge Upper House members to heed the recommendation of a 2008 Upper House inquiry into surrogacy law which recommended that reform in this area should treat same and opposite-sex relationships equally.”

Rodney Croome