One of things that has caused controversy over the years has been “Gay Marriage”. But Gay Marriage itself isn’t the only thing causing furor of a debate. In the United States, 13 states allow same-sex marriage but Homosexual couples married in those states are still facing obstacles when it comes to becoming parents through adoption. Some states allow it, some states ban it. Not only are they fighting their way to be viewed as an equal marriage with the same rights a Heterosexual couple have, but many claim they should also have the right to adopt thus giving adopted children a secure emotional and stable home making such adoptions ethical. Adoptions by gay couples is ethical because they have the right to be deemed and considered as a loving family just like any other family. Homosexual couples, certainly those offering themselves as adoptive parents, form relationships that many argue are more stable than many Heterosexual marriages. There are millions of orphans and making gay adoption legal will allow us to help these children and there is a huge shortage of adoptive parents here in the US. The “family”, whether gay or straight, is better than the foster-care system. In a world where there are so many orphaned children, every child should have the right of a parent regardless of his/her parent’s sexual-orientation because it is in the child’s best interest to giving this child the right to a family. According to Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute or CCAI , “In the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 115,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 40% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.” Also, many children are taken away by the Dept. of Child Services from Heterosexual households since the parents themselves are the perpetrators of child abuse such as neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. According to Child Welfare Information online site “Most States define perpetrators of child abuse and neglect as parents and other caregivers (such as relatives, babysitters, and foster parents) who have harmed a child in their care.” The Week Online Article states “In an era when many children are raised by single parents, barring gay men and lesbians from becoming parents is discrimination, based on sexual orientation”. If many states have already given authority to validate such marriages equally as traditional marriages, why aren’t they being given the opportunity to provide a loving household for a needy child? These children face great disadvantages such as lower educational achievements, poor behavior and low self-esteem in a foster care system. The fact is that Homosexual parents can provide loving homes and raise well-balanced children to adulthood. Zach Walhs who has been raised by two mothers and is a voice/activist for gay marriage legislature stated "I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us; that's what makes a family”. On the other hand, some argue that Gay Adoption is unethical because a child should always be raised by a man and a woman of a “traditional marriage” household. Many argue that in order “to grow up to be well-balanced adults, children need role models of both sexes” by having a Father and Mother as parents. The Week Online Article. Boys and girls without a father/mother household tend to under-achieve and be less successful by developing a low self-esteem, and being victims to bullying. Homosexual parent households affects children’s development majorly when they see their friends’ parents are different from his/her own parents. This can play a long term or permanent psychological effect on these children if not treated properly leading to suicide as identity issues....
Bibliography: Online Documents/Journals
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Facts and Statistics Source: AFCARS Report, No. 19 (http://www.ccainstitute.org/why-we-do-it-/facts-and-statistics.html)
Child Welfare Information Gateway, “Perpetrators of Child Abuse and Neglect.”U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children 's Bureau (2012) https://www.childwelfare.gov/can/perpetrators/
Bible Gateway.com (Exodus 20:12 (King James Version)12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+20%3A12&version=KJV
The Week with The First Post Online Reference “Pros and Cons of Gay Adoption” http://www.theweek.co.uk/welfare/35575/pros-and-cons-gay-adoption
BibleHub.com Levitcus 20:13 " 'If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” http://biblehub.com/leviticus/20-13.htm
Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View by: Robert Oscar Lopez (http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/08/6065/)
Huff Post Politics Online Journal “Zach Wahls Speech Backs President Who Backs Gay Marriage” by Ryan Grim (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/zach-wahls-speech-_n_1862752.html).
Louis P. Pojman “How Should We Live? Ethics Book 101
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