Gay Parenting

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Julieth Figueredo
Final Essay
Gay Parenting: What Really Matters
Throughout history, Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals (LGB) have not been accepted by the majority of societies, especially by the ones whose strong religious beliefs cannot bear two men or two women as a couple. Homosexuals have always been discriminated against and judged by society. They have been victims of violence and harassment, and their rights have been constantly violated. As a denial to these unceasing mistreatments, homosexuals organized themselves and created the Gay Rights Movement whose main aim is to prohibit discrimination and to have the same rights and privileges that heterosexual people do. These privileges and rights regard adoption. Since same sex couples are not able to reproduce children, they need to appeal to the adoption system. Unfortunately, in most of the societies, gay parenting is not allowed especially due to the uncertainty about the adopted children’s physiological development. Regrettably, society has not taken into consideration that what is important in the development of a child is not who his/her parents are but how she/he is treated by them. Having said that, these questions come up: Does having same sex parents really affect children’s sexual orientation? Why do heterosexual’s children suffer from the issues that are attributed to children whose parents are same sex couples? Why accept that heterosexual parents mistreat children and deny the chance to a gay couple to give their love to a child? First of all, one of the main factors that concerns gay parenting is focused on the adopted child. A considerable number of people assume that same sex couple’s children will become gay as well. According to The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, there is a misunderstanding regarding children’s sexual tendencies who are raised by same sex couples. This professional association ensures that children of gay parents are not more prone to be gay...
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