Gay parents are still unaccepted in modern society, even though homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted. Homosexual parents are believed to be sex craved deviants who would force their own sexual orientations on their children. However, parents of the same-sex are no more likely to shove a certain way of life down their child’s throat than a straight couple is. Homosexual parents can be as loving and care for their children as emotionally and financially well as a mother/father pair. When there is a stereotypical role of either a mother or father that falls empty, a homosexual parent can fill in the role as best as possible, meaning that having both a mother and father is unnecessary as long as there is always someone there for the child. Although homosexuals can be great parents, they fall behind a male/female relationship in the fact that they cannot produce their own legitimate offspring without help from science or another person, but they can still do their best and raise their children acquired through other means as well as a straight couple could.
Gay parenting is just one of the many battles that certain homosexual couples have to fight. In many straight and traditional couples’ eyes, what the gay couples are doing is considered just plain unnatural. However, homosexual parents possess the ability to love and care for their children just as easily as the traditional mother and father duo, although, on their own a gay couple cannot ensure the continuance of the existence of mankind.
Same-sex parenting is feared to have an effect on a child’s sexuality. The conclusion made by those against gay parents seems to be that the child will also turn out homosexual. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “[n]one of the more than 300 children studied to date have shown evidence of gender identity confusion, wished to be the other sex, or consistently engaged in cross-gender behavior,” (APA 2012), meaning that the likelihood of a child with gender identity issues is very slim, even with homosexual parents. There has not been a noticeable difference between gay and straight and parents as to how many children turn out to be homosexual either; for both types of couples, the children are generally found to heterosexual. With this information, the American Psychology Association determined that homosexual parents do not affect the sexuality of their children any more than heterosexual parents do.
An argument used against gay parenting is that homosexuality is unnatural. Gay couples are believed to be unnatural because "We live in a world demarcated by two genders, male and female. There is no third or intermediate category. Sex is binary." (Staver, n.d.) A common belief is that parents must sexually fit together in physical nature to be considered a true and loving couple. However, two people can have a loving relationship based off of non-sexual factors too. Whether or not the parents fit together through nature is irrelevant because all that should truly matter is whether or not the parents can effectively care for their child[ren].
Four different gender boundaries are believed to be needed while raising a child. Some people believe that only both a mother and a father can fill certain roles essential to a child’s life. The first boundary believed to be necessary is “a role model of a stable heterosexual marriage.” (Liberty Counsel, 2012) The ideal for a typical American family is practically living only in the past. This boundary for a normal, happy-go-lucky family is an outdated thought in today’s society when divorce rates of these stable heterosexual marriages are increasing by leaps with every year, leaving behind broken families. Many children of heterosexual parents are also born out of wedlock without the example of a happy...
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