Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, spoke in the final stages of the controversial Adoption and Children Bill in Parliament on 16th May. Mr. Lilley opposed proposals to allow unmarried couples to adopt. At present married couples and single people can adopt children.
Peter Lilley said:
“At present no one is legally excluded from consideration for adoption. The proposed change in the law would not increase the number of people entitled to adopt. In practice this legislation would increase the priority of give unmarried and non-heterosexual couples relative to married couples to the detriment of children.
“What matters is that the law works in the interests of children, not in the interests of married couples, unmarried couples, gay people, elderly people or younger people. The hardest to adopt children are often the most vulnerable and damaged. They above all should not be used as guinea pigs for social engineering. They most need the stability of a normal married home. Children are not trophies. They should not be tools of social engineering.?