Vincennes University

Should Gays Parents Be Allowed to Adopted:

Rosalind Teague
Sociology 245 Cultural Diversity
Professor Heineke
April 27, 2016

Homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted and built-in into today\'s society, however, when it comes to homosexuals establishing families, a problem is posed. In most states, homosexuals can adopt children like any other married or single adult. There are many arguments to this controversial topic; some people believe that it should be legal nationally, w hile others would prefer that it was banned everywhere, or at least in their individual states. There a re logical reasons to allow gay couples to adopt children, but for some, these reasons are not enough. The main i ssue is what is in the best interest of the child? This type of problem isn\'t really one with causes, effects, and solutions, but one with pros and cons. Like any other adoption situation, a parent proves themselves to be responsible and capable enough to raise a child on their own, or with a spouse. 
This problem or issue is one that is proving to be a bigger one than many people most likely expected. In Today\'s more liberal society, homosexuality seeing more acceptance than ever before. Homosexuals and heterosexuals alike have parental instincts and are as interested in beginning families and raising children. A family should be based on love and trust, if these two elements are present in a relationship, homosexual or heterosexual, there would be no reason that the environment the couple creates for a child would be bad. Some say the homosexual lifestyle revolves only around sex, which of course is the most in appropriate subject for a child (White ,2014 ) . For the most part, parents and adults keep what happens behind closed doors, private, therefore, there would be no reason for a homosexual person to flaunt their sex life, especially in front of a child.  Pros of Adoption by Gay Parents 
Adoption is a very important part of the  American lifestyle . The welfare of children needs to be put in front of homophobia. There are an estimated 500,000 children in foster care nationwide , and 100,000 of these children are awaiting adoption. In 2013, only one child of every six available fo r adoption was actually adopted (Sanchez, 13) . Statistics like these show the true importance of adoption. People seem to prefer to have their own children biologically, but adoption should be taken into consideration, even if natural conception is possible. Although it may seem as if there are a lot of children wait for adoption, the majority of Americans are affected by adoption in one way or another. In 2013, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute conducted a survey of 3,534 adults to examine public attitudes toward the institution of adoption and members of the adoption triad. The survey found that 6 in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption, meaning that they themselves, a family member, or a close friend was adopted, had adopted a child, or had placed a child for adoption (Berger, 12) .  
There are no significant differences between kids with gay parents and kids with straight parents on a variety of psychological measures, including gender-roles, self-esteem, and more. Also, kids with gay or lesbian parents are no more likely to be gay themselves, but even if they were, there is nothing wrong with that. Joshua, a young man whose mother is a lesbian stated: "I grew up in the gay community and it was never kept from me. I always was around gay and straight couples. It never seemed strange to me. It was my life. My mom\'s sexuality of same-sex attraction has not been imposed upon me. I have been brought up as an individual, not a follower. My mother is a lesbian and I\'m proud of her for not being afraid to show it. She\'s been a great mother for the last fourteen years, and she\'s always been there when I needed her. She has kept us both alive and well as the only source of money. She is my best friend. I don\'t know exactly what I think about being the son of a lesbian, but I know I\'m damn lucky to