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Over the years, many individuals have argued whether or not same-sex couples should be allowed the right to marry. Recently a more controversial topic is being thrown around. Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt? Many believe that it could be unhealthy for the children because they believe that they will follow in their parent’s footsteps, others think it would be an excellent resolution to foster rates. Gates, Gary J, et al looked more in depth about reasons behind said adoption types by stating, “Many adoptions take place outside the child welfare system, such as private domestic or international adoptions. Other adoptions occur when a child welfare agency determines that a child is unlikely to return home to his or her parent(s). In that case, the agency considers other  permanency options for that child. Typically this involves looking for an adoptive family to provide a permanent home.” They ran statistics to show an average of desire to have children. Such statistics show, Many more lesbian, gay, and bisexual people would like to be parents. The NSFG asked men and women about their desire to have a child or, if the individual has already had a child, another child. More than half (52 percent) of gay men say they would like a child, compared with two-thirds of heterosexual and bisexual men who say they would like a child. Among lesbians, 41 percent would like to have a child, compared with a bit more than half of heterosexual women and 59 percent of bisexual women.Just like many heterosexual relationships, homosexual relationships encounter hard times. Unfortunately it is much more difficult for same-sex couples to adopt even after they go through qualification process. As with any adoption process, there are numerous interviews and home visits.Many people, especially from most religious backgrounds, believe that same-sex marriage is a sinful act. They believe that it goes against the word of their respected God. Now that gay marriage is legal, the battle for full adoption rights is at hand, and not everybody is happy. Many religious leaders have preached against such acts because it will damage and/or weaken said religion and faith (Arguments for and against Gay Adoption). Many orphanages are religion-ran, giving a major role behind they types of homes and families they get placed into. The author of Arguments for and against Gay Adoption states that, “Many will simply give up rather than be forced by the law to hand children over to same-sex couples. It’s already happening: Catholic agencies in Britain and the United States have shut shop in the wake of laws that would have obliged them to send children to gay couples.”Societies in which people are accepting to different views and outlooks on life will in turn be a better and safer society to raise children in. Such places will become stronger and more immensely unified.While it is true that each individual will have their own view on how things should be, more often than not, they will grow up to be more open-minded to what society has to offer. The writer of Arguments for and against Gay Adoption, explains that, “Lifting bans on gay marriage or gay adoption are steps towards more diverse, more tolerant societies, where nobody faces discrimination”. A very common concern from people who are against same-sex couples raising children is that the child themselves will grow up to be gay. Extensive research proves that the sexual preference of the child has nothing to do with the sexual preference they were raised in. Children of same-sex couples have the same probabilities of being gay as a child from a straight-family household. With that being said, children from a same-sex household have a higher acceptance to diversity (Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption and Foster Care). Every day children are deprived of loving families and safe homes. Every day numerous couples are neglected the ability to fulfill their dreams of being a parent due to (often religious) discrimination. If proper research is done, one will notice that in most civilized countries, there is very little discrimination against race, gender, or sexuality (Arguments for and against Gay Adoption). We have denied equal rights to those desiring same-sex marriages for many years. Heterosexual couples deserve the same legal rights to adopt. They are still required to go through the same processes to qualify to adopt, yet are denied time and time again because of said sexuality. The Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption and Foster Care states that, “evidence shows that lesbians and gay men can and do make good parents. The American Psychological Association, in a recent report reviewing the research, observed that “not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents,” and concluded that “home environments provided by gay and lesbian parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.” Everyone would most likely be able to to agree that is that it is immoral to keep children out of loving homes with qualified parents, but who is to say all gays and lesbians will not provide such things (Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption and Foster Care)?There is an immense amount of evidence proving that not only are same-sex couples able raise wonderful and stable children, but in some cases better than many straight-couple families. This is mainly due to the fact that homosexual couples decide to go through a tedious process in order to adopt or have children, unlike some heterosexual couples who, in many cases, have them on accident (Arguments for and against Gay Adoption). Children adopted by gay families are not all from opposite-sex couples. Many times they are put up for adoption because a young lady was not able to take care of it herself, or taken into custody from drug addicts or sex offenders. Other times children are adopted from other countries from families that are unable to provide proper care. “The family, gay or straight, is better than the alternatives. Given the shortage of suitable straight couples, gay adoption can provide kids the loving homes they need. That’s good for children, good for couples wanting to raise a child and good for society. There are now around 65,000 children who have found homes thanks to gay adoption legislation in the United States (Arguments for and against Gay Adoption)”.

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