More and more LGBT couples want to adopt. By allowing LGBT couples to adopt, you are taking more children out of foster care and placing them in loving homes. LGBT parents typically adopt the children with the greatest needs. Twenty-one of the fifty states currently allow for second-parent adoption. A majority of states no longer deny custody or visitation rights based on sexual orientation. There is no evidence that LGBTs are unfit parents (Lyons 25-26).
In “Laws Should Support Loving Households, Straight or Not” (2002), Becky Birtha argues that homosexual couples should have the same right to adopting kids as heterosexual couples.
One positive view of gay adoption is that it gives the gay couple the chance to start their own family and give a child in care a new start to life in a loving home. This will allow the couple to love and care for the child just as much as they would if the child was living with their own biological parents. Gay couples who want to adopt a child will give the same loving family home just like a heterosexual couple or single parent would. For some children, living with a gay couple may be something they haven’t experienced before. However finding a family who love the child and appreciate them for who they are, also encouraging them with all aspects of their life and supporting them all the way through their life is what matters most to children.
Gay adoption gives many advantages not only to the children, but also to the parents. Florida currently holds a discriminatory ban on adoption, but removing it would allow children to have a more loving home. (Rich, Nan, 2009, par. 7). Having this statement involved, others should have now realized what a great investment for both it would be if it was implemented. Many children are in need of parenting and as well as these homosexuals, they too have needs that can surely be fulfilled once they get the chance to experience or live the parenting life.
Since the 1990’s approximately 8-10 million children in the US alone are raised in a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) household. Same-Sex Adoption is controversial because many people throughout the world are against LGBT adoption; but when faced with the number of kids who pray everyday for someone out there wanting to be the parent of a foster child, it is difficult to understand why the topic of gay adoption is controversial. Yes, there can be a bad outcome but there can also be a very good outcome of these kinds of adoptions. The LGBT Adoption situation can be fixed by allowing any adult or parent to adopt a child if they have the right living environment or the knowledge and skills that it takes to raise a kid in the proper way. But social workers have reservations on considering gay adoptive parents because they are fearful of how the parents will treat and raise the children and how they will grow up feeling. People who oppose same sex marriage, including U.S. elected officials, have argued that a child raised by a LGBT parent will need additional emotional support or will face social challenges compared to children with heterosexual parents (Borreli). Although many people believe that LGBT parents shouldn’t be allowed to adopt because it affects the child, LGBT parents should be allowed to adopt because many kids need a place to call home or someone they can call family, they need someone in a similar situation that they can talk
There are hundreds of thousands of children who are in foster care and need a home with a family who will love and care for them. Families lead by same-sex couples are viewed as “non-traditional households” and these parents raise their children in very much the same ways as heterosexual parents. These children grow with their adoptive families and if their parents have a stable relationship with each other and with their adoptive children, and have great support systems, then it should not be difficult for those children to thrive in the world as children of gay/lesbian parents.
Gay adoption is a touchy subject to a lot of people. Even though gay adoption became legal in all 50 states on June 26, 2017 everyone still seems to have an opinion on the matter and a lot of the opinions lean toward not allowing gay couples to adopt. There are so many children in the foster care system that need loving and stable homes so why not let gay couples give that to them? There is a lot of evidence to show that gay couples can be just as good at parenting as a straight couple. Maybe even better due to them being committed and better motivated because they chose to be parents. No child should be denied parents that will give them a loving and stable home just as no couple should be denied a child due to their sexual preference.
Gay adoptions have been around for a very long time, but throughout time, many states and cities have passed laws allowing adoption to same sex-couples and have banned the right for homosexual couples to adoption or foster any children.”In May of 2006 at least 16 states considered going to the legislation to ban gays and lesbians from adopting children” (ProQuest Staff). Meaning that from nearly 9 years ago, there was going to be a big lawsuit about 16 states trying to ban homosexual couples
ACLU states that, “a person's sexual orientation cannot be the basis for ending or limiting parent-child relationships unless it is demonstrated that it causes harm to a child” (Overview of Lesbian). People state that homosexuals should not adopt because it will damage the child. Unfortunately, there is foster parents that are actually abusive, there is abusive parents that are being accepted to be a foster parent. Any person, no matter their sexual orientation should not be able to adopt if they are harming a child mentally or physically. However, just because of a couple’s sexual preference will not damage the child homosexuality is becoming to be socially acceptable. Only, less than half of the states in America have allowed a homosexual to adopt. Florida and New Hampshire have placed laws make it forbidden to allow a homosexual to adopt. There should not be more obstacles for a homosexual to adopt than a straight
“State policies banning gay men and lesbians from fostering or adopting children hurt everyone involved” (Hunt and Krehely). Banning same sex couples from adopting is taking away that child’s chance at being able to be in a loving, stable environment and this could dramatically affect the outcome of their lives. There are many positive advantages that the child can get if they were adopted by a lesbian or gay couple.
Over 14,000 adopted children and foster children in the U.S are being raised in homes headed by non heterosexual individuals or couples. Gay and lesbian parents are raising 4% of all adopted children in the U.S. This shows that gay couples make a difference in adopting children in need of a home. Although a child should have a mom and dad as parents, same sex couples should adopt to help a child find a home.
A mother and father figure is no longer the only way to raise a child. Today, it is becoming more common for homosexuals to raise children. It is legal for heterosexuals to adopt children in all states; however, homosexuals do not have the same right. Many states are trying to find loopholes to ban homosexuals from adopting. Gay adoption should be legal in all states because children can be raised in the same upbringing as heterosexual parents, sometimes can have better lives than those who are raised by heterosexual parents, and the banning of gay adoption goes against the homosexual parents’ rights.
In our fast paced society the Norms are changing and evolving for Homosexuals and their rights. Every child in foster care, and adoption agencies deserve to have a family regardless of the parents Sexual orientation. The United States is considered a liberal country if that is so, then homosexuals should have the right to adopt a child in the United States.
“About 19 percent of same-sex couples raising children reported having an adopted child in the house in 2009, up from just 8 percent in 2000.” As society changes there opinions on same-sex marriage they more gays and lesbians are adopting. There was recent rise in same-sex adoption but there is still people in U.S. that are against same-sex adoption. Recently a judge in Kentucky objected gay and lesbian adoption. This caused a huge uproar and had people thinking whether or not gay and lesbian adoption is okay for the children. One article feels that state legislators are putting more hurdles in the way of adoption and preventing children from getting into loving and caring homes (“Adoptions are declining,”2017). Gays and lesbians being able to adopt will provide loving homes, get kids out of foster care, and they choose to be parents.
In a study of sexual abuse, 269 cases only two of those cases the offenders were gay. Adoption of homosexuals should be allowed because they are no different from heterosexual parents, the only difference is preference on gender of their partner. People still to this day deny service to these people just because of that. Gay and lesbian adoption should be allowed because children would actually get adopted, homosexual parenting has no disadvantages to heterosexual parenting, and their children would be more accepting to differences.