I believe that loving parents would want all of their children to be treated with equity, and to have the best possibility of living long, healthy, loving and productive lives.
The current law validates those who wish to oppress homosexual youth and serves to reinforce institutionalised homophobia, leaving same-gender attracted youth at dramatically increased risk of harassment, abuse, depression and suicide.
Their 1995 Revised Criminal Code included a truly equal age of consent at 16, but it was repealed in 1996, just before its date of effect, by the incoming Borbidge Nationals.
The 1899 Code was reinstated - with the term "anal intercourse" changed to "sodomy", the minimum age raised to 18 and the maximum penalty doubled.
Equal age of consent reform is necessary so that same-gender attracted youth can expect to be protected and supported by the law in true equity with their heterosexual peers and siblings.
The Palaszczuk Government passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 last night with the help of the three independent MPs.
The LNP and Katter's Australian Party opposed expanding the adoption criteria to include same-sex couples and single people.
Gender orientation is no barrier to this."The changes put Queensland in line with most other states and territories - except South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Ms Fentiman said they would also remove the offence and penalty for breaching a contact statement for adoptions prior to June 1991.