Minister rubbishes faith-based exemptions for gay adoption

THE Victorian Government denies it is on a collision course with religious groups over moves to allow gay couples to adopt children.

Equality Minister Martin Foley said legislation to keep the election promise to remove discrimination against adoption for same-sex couples would be introduced in a "timely manner".

Many of the same-sex couples who would want to adopt already care for the children in foster care and blended family arrangements.

"We have thousands of families out there in the real world in a legal haze, facing day-to-day difficulties when it comes to hospitals, schools, their rights," Mr Foley said.

"[It's] just an institutional form of discrimination that says somehow or other their loving families are of lesser value."

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