There is an abundance of children in the U.S. lacking a home and a family, that of which a gay couple could provide. Some states have legalized joint gay adoption, while others are still on the fence about it, and would rather not pass the law. A reason why those states should pass the law is, because of the foster care system. Many children, whether it’s a boy or girl, can jump to and from at least twenty homes before they turn 18. Some would be against the gay adoption, because they feel like the child would choose their sexual orientation based off what they see their adoptive parents doing.
These children don't have to be born into this relationship to feel the effects, actually around ⅓ of the men who cohabit have children from a previous relationship as stated by American College of Pediatrics (2015, March 27). However lots of children are born into these types of relationships, and often cohabiting relationships end up with a child 25% of the time. Sadly almost half of children born into cohabiting relationships experience the separation of the parents. As cohabitation is becoming much more common in the U.S. today the percentage of children who are living in nuclear families has dropped to 47.3%. However, some of these women do not want to be pregnant and thus get an abortion.
Adoption has been around for many years, but only recently has the question of gay adoption arisen. There are many orphans in the world, but not enough families or parents to take these children in. There are not that many families who can and will adopt children, whether it’s because they cannot support them, they have children of their own, or they just do not want children. The result is still an overabundance of orphaned children in need of a loving family. The most important benefit of same sex couple’s adoption is the awareness that is creating in people’s minds, as well as the fact that it is slowly changing stereotypes and prejudices.
This variance in route to parenthood can make same-sex couples that are having children more motivated to be doing so. “Planned families reflect the desire of sexual minorities to have children outside of heteronormative circumstances” (Moore 2013:495). Non-heterosexual parents on average have stronger relationships with their children th... ... middle of paper ... ...l preference, and cognitive development have been tracked for these children into adulthood. Study after study have asked different questions in attempts to find similarities and differences in children raised in these two different family structures, but scientific consensus shows that there are no noticeable differences in children brought up by a gay or lesbian couple. Dr. Hicks (2008), a scholar at the University of Salford, stated profoundly that “instead of asking whether gay parenting is bad for kids, we should ask how contemporary discourses of sexuality maintain the very idea that lesbian and gay families are essentially different and, indeed, deficient.” By viewing same-sex parenting as an equal means of bringing up a child, research could move on to deeper studies that incorporate this family structure into analyses of children, marriages, and families.
There are currently 107,011 kids in the U.S. foster care system that are hoping and waiting to be adopted, so just imagine how many of those children could be adopted if more lesbian and gay couples were able to adopt. According to lifelong adoption agencies more and more gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents through artificial insemination, a surrogate, or LGBT adoption. It’s hard for same sex couples to adopt because adoption agencies that have religious beliefs against same sex couples reject them, or a state law prohibits same sex parents. Same sex couples face much opposition from a large number of people even though they do not have well supported arguments for their beliefs. Many studies have been done in an attempt to figure out if there truly is a difference in quality between having heterosexual parents as opposed to same sex parents.
So many people are unable to have children naturally. So why not give the opportunity for gay couples to raise a child in the same way as a heterosexual couple can or will. If about half of all the states permit second parent adoptions then why can’t same sex partners adopt children? There are millions of orphans and making gay adoption legal will allow us to help these kids. BODY Same sex couples have the ability to raise a child in the same aspect as heterosexual couples.
Misunderstanding and public perception, make many same sex parental units hesitant, and at times fearful, to disclose their family structure to the child’s school system or to live openly amongst their peers. LGBT parents that live in strong predominately gay communities are shown to be more confident and open regarding their lifestyle compared to others in communities where conservative values are expressed. Additionally, Rimalower and Caty cite, “Litovich and Langhout (2004) contend that while these children start school feeling proud of their families, negativity and disapproval lead them to become silent, necessitating that parents prepare their children for heterosexism and homophobia, from peers and teachers
“The Changing Reality of the American Family- Same Sex Parenting “ An estimated two million children are being raised in a single or same sex parent in the United States. The exact number of children raised in this type home cannot be determined due to the secrecy resulting from the stigma associated with homosexuality (Perrin, Siegel 3). Families of same sex parents often resemble step families formed after heterosexual couples divorce. Due to social acceptance of diversity in sexual orientation (Perrin 2), same sex parenting is forever changing the traditional make-up of the American Family (working biological father, biological mother and children.) There are conflicting researches on the impact of a child being raised in a same sex parent family.
In the study they also founded that in same sex families activities between the parents and the were more evenly split while in the contrary in opposite sex families they kid activities were separated by the typical gender roles.the only disadvantage was the discrimination that some people might have on them for their parents.As we Moving on to single parents which is more common now,cause splits plus some are just more likely to be on their own because they choose to be. Today in our country, around 30 percent of all families with children are by a single parent. Single family kids might have more difficulty but they learn from the beggining and in a lot of times become more responsible than their 2 parent counterparts. Many children in this situation do very well as to the u.s president Barack Obama for instance, he grew up In a single parent household and it didn't keep him from reaching the highest office in the nat... ... middle of paper ... ...n is getting smaller. Single moms happiness levels have increased while duo parenting women have reported lower happiness levels, describes co-author Homa Zarghamee, an assistant professor of economics at Barnard College.
All around the world there are thousands even millions of children who are waiting to be adopted. Many who are troubled children, and for that reason they are from foster home to foster home. The ideal American "family" is with a man and a woman. In the United States we have same-sex couples who are wanting to adopt, but they are being turned down due to their sexual preference. Same-sex relationships are much more stable than the average heterosexual relationship.