Same Sex Adoption

1409 WordsJun 8, 20126 Pages
Explanatory Synthesis Should gays and lesbians have the same rights to adopt as heterosexuals? The laws of most states permit an unmarried person to be an adopted parent. However, many states have enacted laws limiting and in some cases prohibiting, lesbian and gay men from adopting. Adoption of children by lesbian and gay men remains controversial. A court must first find that the best interest of the child will be served by the adoption. Some courts have strongly rejected the notion that adoption by a lesbian or gay parent could ever be in the best interest of a child. This applies to same sex unions as well. Yet the United States has many children waiting to be adopted. Older children and those with special needs are the hardest to…show more content…
Younger children usually have an easier time adjusting to a gay and lesbian parented home. They haven’t learned the social biases against gays and lesbians yet.” (Nighlad). Are children more likely to be gay or lesbian if raised in a gay home?Many opposed to same sex adoption fear that children raised in a homosexual environment will become homosexual themselves. There have been various studies on this subject and various researchers have been asked this very question. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The odds of a child becoming homosexual are about the same as the odds of a child becoming heterosexual, regardless of the sexual orientation of the parents.” (Nighlad). Are homosexuals more likely to sexually abuse children? Some opponents of gay adoption express fears that homosexual parents are more likely to sexually abuse their children (Stone). Research cannot confirm any published instance that would support this concern. Those in favor of gay adoption point out that “fears of increased homosexuality or even abuse are just that, fears, unsupported by any facts.” (Stone). In conclusion, the augment for gay adoption is far stronger and far better supported than those opposed. One must admit that sexual orientation is fundamentally irrelevant to a person’s capacity to be a good parent. The opposition to gay and lesbian adoption has failed to support its
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