Gay Adoption Debate

Brief Overview:

Gay adoption has been going on as long as the debate for equality has been. For years, people have opposed same-sex couples from adopting children into their homes. Usually, when couple such as these want to adopt, it takes a lot longer for them to receive the ok than opposite-sex couples would.
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Pros of Gay Adoption:

  • There are many gay couples out there that are much better at taking care of a child than different-sex couples.
  • They offer two full-time parents, whereas most kids today live with one parent.
  • Such couples have a record of providing loving homes and well-balanced children.
  • Lesbian couples can still have their own children.
  • Overall, no matter how you look at it, it is discrimination to base a loving home off of the gender of the parents. It is a selfish, inconsiderate act to the child who just wants a loving home.
  • There is a shortage of adoptive parents.

Cons of Gay Adoption:

  • Children do need influences from both sexes. That is not to say, that they have other female/male influences in their life.
  • We are primarily a "Christian" country, many just will not accept this no matter what.
  • If Roman Catholic adoption agencies close rather than allow gay couples to adopt, the number of adopted children will decline, leaving more in the unsatisfactory care system.
  • Some areas of life cannot be legislated for and must be left to individual conscience. A sufficiently large minority simply find gay parenting 'wrong'; the practice therefore should not be enforced on all.

    Statistics:

    • An estimated two million LGBT people are interested in adopting.
    • An estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent.
    • More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number in the U.S.
    • Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States.
    • There were an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents in 1976. In 1990, an estimated 6 to 14 million children have gay or lesbian parents.
    • There is no conclusive evidence that homosexuality is linked to one's environment. In other words, growing up in a gay couple household will not "make" a child gay.
    • Most children in the United States do not live with two married parents. In fact, according to the 2000 census, only 24% of homes were composed of a married mother and father with children living at home.

    My Stance:

    The way I see it, having two parents of the same sex is not difference than having parents of the opposite sex. Parents should be viewed as their ability to be parents and raise a child, not for what gender they are. That's stupid, selfish, and just completely inconsiderate to a child who just wants a happy home, even if that is with two moms or two dads. If children can live in broken homes with divorced parents, how in the world is that any worse than living with two parents? What's the worst that can happen to the child? They grow up to learn to be more tolerant of people and their situations? It's been proven that living with gay parents does not influence the sexual orientation of a child. While I do agree that children need a positive male and female influence in their life, just because a lack of a mother or father does not mean that there is no other female/male influences around to help teach that child the missing role. In a whole, I think that gays should be allowed to adopt as straight people should because it's the smartest thing to do.