Adjustment Issues for Children of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Couples

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Abstract

Because the political debate of gay, lesbian, and transgender marriage has never been more intense than in the 21st century, it is not uncommon for there to be false accusations made. In this paper we study the accusation that children of gay, lesbian, and transgender couples have adjustment issues. Using multiple scholarly sources statistics indicate that there is no correlation in the matter.

Only recently has same-sex marriage become a prominent political debate in the United States. As former President Bill Clinton passed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act- a bill that banned the Federal Government from recognizing any kind of same-sex union- it would seem that gay, lesbian, and transgender couples would never have the chance to legally marry in the United States. However, in the 21st century, six of the fifty states have cut corners around federal laws, by passing amendments through district courts legalizing same-sex marriage. Conservatives and religious fanatics view these state amendments as an act of disrespect to America. One of their central accusations in keeping same-sex unions strictly illegal is that children raised by gay, lesbian, and transgender parents will have difficulty transitioning to our society. But what do the facts and statistics convey about this well-bred accusation? Do children of gay, lesbian, and transgender parents have adjustment issues, or do they develop into orthodox, healthy adults?

As the 2011-2012 school year at K-State Salina reaches conclusion, Family Relations and Gender, instructed by Kate Behan, has supplied students with vast amounts of knowledge in every aspect of child care. Rummaging through the informational class textbook- Family Life Now by Kelly J. Welch- engaging in reflective group conservations, and locating subconscious family issues by probing video documentaries, students of the class (myself included) can interpret social issues at a higher...
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