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 +*'''[[Argument: Children and adolescents raised by gay and lesbian parents are not more teased than children and adolescents of heterosexual parents.| Children and adolescents raised by gay and lesbian parents are not more teased than children and adolescents of heterosexual parents.]]''' [http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-15-Perry-Trial-Day-05-Lamb-Zia-mini.pdf "Perry v. Schwarzenegger Trial-Day 05" Michael Lamb, Ph.D.]: "The studies that have explored this in more detail show that while children with gay or lesbian parents are more likely to be teased about their family configuration, they aren't more likely to be teased in general. Children tease one another for a variety of reasons. Children get teased because their ethnic group is different, because they have curly hair, because they are fat, because they have a funny accent. Children can be very cruel to one another. And when it's possible to tease somebody about the sexual orientation of their parents, they may be teased for that but that doesn't mean that they are more likely to be teased overall."
*'''[[Argument: Homophobia is wrong so should not be used against gay adoption| Homophobia is wrong so should not be used against gay adoption]]''' Couples from ethnic minorities are not barred from adoption even in racist areas. Only through the full inclusion of gays in society and all its institutions can we hope to overcome prejudice. *'''[[Argument: Homophobia is wrong so should not be used against gay adoption| Homophobia is wrong so should not be used against gay adoption]]''' Couples from ethnic minorities are not barred from adoption even in racist areas. Only through the full inclusion of gays in society and all its institutions can we hope to overcome prejudice.

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Should gay couples be given the same legal rights as heterosexuals in adopting children?

Background and context

At present, the world and individual countries are as divided with regard to adoption as to other area of gay rights. As of 2000, four states in the USA (Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Utah) have specifically outlawed gay adoption, as have some Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, and Iceland) that show an otherwise lenient attitude to same-sex relationships. By contrast, the National Adoption Week in the UK in October 2000 saw a drive to encourage gay couples to adopt, in order to find homes for the thousands of children seeking parents. The 2002 Adoption and Children Act allowed unmarried couples in England and Wales, including same sex partners to apply for adoption jointly.

Contents

Tradition: Should promotion of the traditional nuclear family be avoided?

Yes

  • The factors predicting healthy adjustment are the same for traditional and nontraditional families, and children or adolescents in nontraditional families are just as capable of healthy adjustment as those in traditional settings. "Affidavit - United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts" Michael Lamb, Ph.D. 2009: "Nontraditional families constitute the vast majority of families in the United States today. Society’s early assumptions about the superiority of the traditional family form have been challenged by the results of empirical research. Since the end of the 1980’s, as a result, it has been well established that children and adolescents can adjust just as well in nontraditional settings as in traditional settings."
  • Nuclear families are failing; can hardly be held up against gay adoption. Of all families in Australia, 22% of them are single parent families. Few will fully establish a child's potential. Over 45,000 Australian marriages will end in divorce, few of these will be families. So, it is wrong to promote the nuclear family when it is failing so badly, and it is wrong to hold-out on gay adoption in favor of the nuclear family, for the same reason.


No

Natural: Is being brought up by a same sex couple natural?

Yes

  • Children do not need distinct male and female parental role-models What children need first is love, compassion, and care from their parents. In addition, children are highly influenced by their social environment as much as their parents, making it unreasonable to place such a high importance on the attributes that parents display.


No

Natural: Does something being "Natural" imply that it is preferable?

Yes

If we take the assumption that it is not natural...

No

  • "Natural" label doesn't imply a preferable choice. Humanity and society engage in many acts that could very easily be described as unnatural, or artificial. This doesn't mean that these are in any was worse. Natural is not equal to superior, and artificial is not equal to inferior.

Gay influence: Do gay parents influence children to become homosexual?

Yes

No

Quality: Are homosexual parents of equal quality in raising children?

Yes

  • Children are currently being responsibly reared by gay couples, where one of the partners is a biological parent. Allowing adoption by the other merely confers legal rights on an already successful, if informal, family model.

No


Alternatives: Can gay parenting be superior to some of current alternatives?

Yes

No

  • Gay marriage should be compared against average marriages; not worst case ones. All of the arguments negating this question are compared against the dysfunctions occurring in worst case heterosexual marriages.


Homophobia: Will the children of gay parents be able to deal with societal homophobia?

Yes

  • Children raised by homosexuals may become more tolerant individuals. American Academy of Pediatrics - "growing up with parents who are lesbian or gay may confer some advantages to children. They have been described as more tolerant of diversity,"


No

  • Children adopted by gays are subjected to homophobia/prejudices Homophobic language and behaviour is still common in society. Placing a child too young to have an opinion of their own in the care of a gay couple exposes them to this prejudice, and subjects them to ridicule or violence. Whatever ideal we might have, the psychological and physical welfare of the child must come first.
  • Homosexuals teach a tolerance toward dysfunctionality. Homosexuals inherently champion every dysfunctional cause as a so-called right, the result of which has infected all of society with tolerating dysfunction


Religion: Is gay adoption allowable in the face of religious opposition to gay marriage?

Yes


No

  • There are some rules to religion. Everyone in the world who has faith in religion must always follow certain religion rules. In fact, none of the major religions explicitly states that homosexuality is something positive, or at least tolerated.

Pro/con videos

Yes


No

Pro/con resources

Yes

"Europe: Gay Adoption Ruling Advances Family Equality". Human Rights Watch. January 24th, 2008

No


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