The Debate over Gay Parenting Essay

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Over the last several decades, gay rights have been a growing topic in the public and in the court rooms. Recently, the debate about gays having the right or ability to parent has become a hot topic, due to the expanding gay community. There are typically two stances taken on the topic of gay parenting: it’s wrong and should be illegal or it’s normal and should be legal. While the norms, stereotypes and debates about gay parenting have varied over the years, today there seems to be a positive consensus when it comes to the beliefs about children being raised by homosexuals.
Although today most psychologists agree that parents’ sexual orientation does not affect the well-being of a child, less than 40 years ago, doctors considered
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These negative stereotypes lead to a society basing values off of heterosexual norms. There are also some popular beliefs and fears of the effects of gay parents on their children, “in particular its effects on the development of ‘normal’ sexual and gender identities” (Clarke). Arguers claim that children raised by gay parents are more likely to have psychological issues, be sexually promiscuous, and even turn out gay themselves(Patterson). Besides claiming to be looking out for the best interests of children, anti-gay activists frequently express the threat that gay parents pose to American’s values, because allowing gays to raise children ignores the heterosexual norms of society and re-defines the customary family. These arguments “reveal the powerful cultural link between sexual orientation and the family and its slow and arduous shift” (Rivers).
In stark contrast to the commonly held beliefs and scientific studies of several decades ago, today the overwhelmingly popular norms, beliefs and debates are for gay parenting. Studies have consistently found that a parent’s sexual orientation has no adverse effects on their children. Besides finding no differences mentally or socially, researchers actually found kids of gay parents are more tolerant of differences and have the advantage of being open-minded (Pappas)The well-being of a
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