“Two Dads are Better Than One”: pro-gay adoption ABC profile of convicted pedophile

Earlier, I blogged about how Mark Newton had been convicted for pedophilia and received a 40-year prison sentence. This was reported earlier by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Since then, I was notified about a pro-gay-adoption article from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in which the pedophile and his partner were profiled.

The article has been pulled from the ABC web site, but I found it in Google cache, and made a PDF of it.

Full text:

Headline: Two dads are better than one
Date: 14 July, 2010 5:04PM AEST
Author: Ginger Gorman

A shiny child’s bike lies on its side on the front lawn of an immaculate garden.

Around the back gay dads Pete and Mark chase their son’s pet chickens around, trying to catch them.

Drake, 5, exclaims that the little birds are too fast for him.

It’s a happy, relaxed family scene. But it wasn’t an easy road to get there. After many hurdles Drake was born by surrogacy in Russia.

“We decided that we would have a child, that it was time for us to have a family. We wanted to experience the joys of fatherhood and we started our surrogacy over in the United States back in 2002,” Pete said.

At the time, Pete and Mark were living and working in the US.

“Surrogacy rules and laws are much easier in the United States,” Mark said.

While not everybody was comfortable with the idea of surrogacy, Mark said the couple felt their options were limited.

“We knew that there were certainly plenty of women willing to do it so if it OK with them, then I guess it was OK with us,” he said.

Mark and Pete used the internet to find prospective mothers for the child they longed to have. Apart from the woman’s health, Pete said one of the big concerns was how genuine the candidates were.

“We have heard about a lot of scams and certain people who represent themselves as so-called surrogate mothers who are really out there just to make money,” he said.

Pete said the couple also wanted to make sure that any woman they employed as a surrogate fully understood the commitment she was making.

There was also the issue of whether the mother would actually give up her baby, Mark added.

After many failed attempts in the US, the cost was becoming prohibitive. The pair decided to try Russia as cheaper alternative.

That decision presented its own problems. Language was the main one. The couple took on a private Russian tutor and Pete gave up his job in Australia to oversee the process.

“We were very dedicated to making this work….we decided that at some point we didn’t have a budget. Our budget was anything that we had earned, anything that we had saved, anything that we could borrow to make this happen,” Pete said.

In the end Pete said they found a woman who they ‘clicked with personality-wise’.

“She was very quiet. She didn’t have a lot of demands or conditions that some of the other woman that we had met had. She seemed like somebody we could work with,” he said.

At the first attempt, Drake was conceived via artificial insemination using Mark’s sperm.

When asked why it was Mark’s sperm and not Pete’s, Mark laughed.

“A flip of the coin I think,” he said.

During the pregnancy the couple stayed in limited contact with the mother via a translator. Mostly they were in touch just when there were practical things to care of such as visiting a doctor or getting an ultrasound.

“We made it clear to her that we wanted her to take vitamins, that we wanted her to eat well. We provided the money to do that and we just had to hope that she would do it,” Mark said.

Neither man was at Drake’s birth because they felt it was important to protect the mother’s privacy.

When their son was five days old, Mark and Pete were handed their child. To their surprise, Drake’s mother gave them the baby and walked away.

“I think she had resigned herself to this much earlier on and was trying not to let emotions get in the way,” Mark said.

In fact, it wasn’t the mother who got in the way of Drake coming back to Australia with his two Dads. What followed was two and a half years of bureaucracy before the child received permanent Australian residency and another year before he got citizenship.

On arrival in Australia customs quizzed Mark and Pete for hours. Police were also sent around to their house on a Sunday morning to investigate.

“When people see two guys together, you know it’s like, ‘Where’s his mother?’ We’ve had a lot of people ask that,” Pete said.

“I think that even if one of us was a woman, we wouldn’t have had the same suspicions and problems that we went through.”

Thinking back to the police visit, Pete said the police seemed to want reassurance that the situation was ‘right’.

They checked if the couple had equipment to raise a child like a bed, clothes and bottles.

Mark said he’s sure that they were under suspicion of paedophilia. But despite the difficulties, he said the couple would do it again with no hesitation.

“We’re a family just like any other family,” he said with pride.

ABC has since pulled the article from their web site, to cover up what they did. The caption from the image in the article is: “Proud dads Pete (left) and Mark (right), had their son Drake by surrogacy in Russia. (Ginger Gorman – ABC)”. And you can still download the MP3 file from the article here, although I took a copy here. You can hear the proud dads talking with the ABC journalist in the MP3 file.

You can also find an article from a campus newspaper written by Mark Newton in which he advocates for gay marriage. I saved it as a PDF here. The article is from a campus newspaper called the Daily 49er from California State University, Long Beach.

UPDATE: Ace journalist Robert S. McCain is trying to dig into the story, but the ABC journalist who wrote the story has blocked him.

UPDATE: This post has been linked by the American Spectator and the Australian Daily Telegraph, as well as many other blogs. (See the trackbacks)

28 thoughts on ““Two Dads are Better Than One”: pro-gay adoption ABC profile of convicted pedophile”

  1. So, this kid was the poster child for gay fatherhood. They were using his story to “prove” that gay dads make a good home for kids and are just as good as a normal family. And all the time, those two “wonderful” dads were sexually abusing the boy. Gee, it sure looks bad for the homosexual lobby if this is their proof that gays make great dads. If this is a typical case, as *they* claimed before they knew the whole truth, then we should be banning homosexuals from ever adopting or raising children.


    1. That poor boy, how can anyone in conscience do this to a vulnerable child! He was sexually abused from 2 weeks of age, possibly even earlier and SHARED around to other gays!!!!


  2. Gender Theory, beloved of feminists and many liberals proclaims that little Drake doesn’t need a mother. These two gay men with the assistance of a surrogate, intentionally created a child with no mother, nor with any chance of ever having one. Such selfish disregard for the child’s developmental needs is prima facie evidence of parental unfitness.


  3. you should send this to the russian consulate/embassy. i could see it starting a fun international squabble.


  4. Many fishy things in the story. The “journalist” is a complete moron. The slant of the story is that they are being persecuted / wrongly suspected for being gay. I wonder if perhaps this fluff piece caused the police to back off, in which case, the journalist is complicit in the continued abuse.


  5. Too bad the ABC journalist is not being charged as an accomplice…she gave them free publicity for their criminal enterprise. I guess the Liberal knee jerk “diversity” reaction isn’t always a good thing…


  6. Wow can’t believe they are covering up this story. Thank you for your report Wintery Knight; at this point I imagine your point gets more viewing per day than some liberal newspaper


  7. As an Australian,let me say that the report by Gorham is an example of the politically correct strangulation that our Country is now subject to.Traditional values…..so dreary,pioneering new wave thing…..the way to go.If there’s a stumble or two along the way,well so be it.It’s all about me,me,me and my rights.
    Our local press says that we are the “laughing stock of the world ” because we don’t recognize gay marriage.Are any of you out there laughing at us?


  8. The ABC need to be defunded for promoting these criminals. Now they put the article into the memory hole just like in 1984.

    Excellent work at saving the document. And isn’t it typical how the ABC doesn’t report these criminals being sentenced?


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