New Zealand Labour will allow gay couples to adopt

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New Zealand’s Labour Party says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt.

Although Prime Minister John Key has said the issue is not a priority, the party’s ‘rainbow’ policy document says it will modernise the law “to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need”.

Although most New Zealanders can adopt, gay couples cannot.

Other promises include measures to crack down on homophobic bullying in schools and updates for relationship and relationship property laws.

This week, it was claimed that two Labour MPs had called gay National MP and Attorney General Chris Finlayson “Tinkerbell”.

Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove have been accused of homophobia.

ACT’s Wellington central candidate Stephen Whittington has accused openly gay Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Chauvel of covering up prejudice in the party.

According to, Mr Chauvel said Mr Mallard had supported all pro-gay legislation and did not deserve “vilification”.