Gay and Lesbian Adoption: What is the best interest of the child? Most critics of gay adoption argue that if a child is brought up in a home with same sex parents that the child will be "ruined". However, most child welfare advocates do not agree, they feel that if these orphaned children are not allowed to be adopted by gay and lesbian parents, a lot of children who have been waiting for a very long time to be adopted and are in desperate need of a home, may have to wait even longer, unnecessarily. In 2003 alone there were 123,249 children waiting to be adopted in out-of-home care. While in foster care there were 47,696 children. Of all these children that await a family, should the law continually determine the fate of these children based on politics. Or is it in the best interest of the child to place them in a loving and stable home, even if it is a gay or lesbian household? In my research of this topic I hope to answer this question. Gay and Lesbian Adoption and the Law
Every state enacts a different approach to the adoption of a child. Specifically where gay and lesbian adoption is concerned, currently there are no uniform standards across states regarding adoption by gay men and lesbians. Florida is the only state that explicitly prohibits single and coupled gay men and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents. While gays and lesbians are able to become foster parents in Florida, it specifically bans them from becoming adoptive parents. The Florida law, enacted in 1977, states that: "No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual."( Retreived on March 27,2006 from http://writ.news.findlaw.com/grossman/20050112.html). There have been several, unsuccessful attempts in Florida to repeal the ban on gay adoption, most recently in March 2005 the ACLU attempted to petition the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, however the court declined to hear the challenge to the law. The court did not offer any explanation...
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