Homosexual Adoption

Essay by Kevin WotringUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, November 1996

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"Whatever the final equation of factors influencing sexual orientation and identity, there's an immediate implication for the increasing number of gays and lesbians forming families" (Of Boys 27). Today, many gays and lesbians are "out of the closet" and they are not afraid of facing society with what many people consider abnormal sexual orientations. We must now ask ourselves the question: is homosexuality really an abnormal lifestyle? Is it still against the norm? Homosexuals are just like everyone else in every way aside from their sexual preferences. Why should adoption be an area where gays and lesbians are discriminated against? Without the constraints and pressures of demographic norms, the idea and practice of homosexual adoption has no known harmful implications upon the children involved. Therefore, I find it unnecessary to restrict their rights and desires to adopt and raise children in families just as you or I would.

An adoption agency looks for good qualities in a foster home.

Qualities such as financially security, emotional stability, and "proper" role models. Judge Judith S. Kaye wrote that "...adoption is a means of securing the best possible home for a child" (Facts on File 894). Some might argue that the child would be lacking the father in a lesbian couple and a mother in a gay couple. Sure, little Joey might not have a male role-model around the house, but all the kids raised by single mothers seem to be okay. Children who lose a parent and are raised in single parent households are not harmed. Or are they? If they are, they are affected in just the same way as children raised by gay and lesbian couples --that is, couples who are lacking a male or female role model.

Children raised with parents of the same sex develop positive tolerances. They...