Discrimination Against Same Sex Adoption

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Homosexuality is becoming more normalized in today’s society each day. Most people have finally come to accept homosexuality and are okay with it, but one concept that majority of people refuse to acknowledge as okay is same-sex adoption. People are scared of change and believe that the United States is the best country in the world, because of our freedom. However, it is hard to be considered “free” when you are a gay couple who gets discriminated against when adopting a child. Foster care, within the past 2 years, is growing rapidly with more children entering because of neglect, abandonment, abuse, and more. With several adoption agencies still discriminating against gay/lesbian parents, it only makes it harder for these children to be adopted. …show more content…
The NHIS, (National Health Interview Survey), reported that in 2014, 1.6 Americans identify as gay/lesbian and 0.7% identify as bisexual. However, there is no study available to show how many of the Americans that are gay came from either heterosexual or homosexual families. In the article, "The Effects of Marriage, Civil Union, and Domestic Partnership Laws on the Health and Well-being of Children," author James Pawelski states that, “So few adolescents in either group reported same-gender attractions or same-gender romantic relationships that a statistical comparison was not possible” (Pawelski). Another study I found was by J. Michael Bailey, called “Sexual Orientation of Adult Sons of Gay Fathers”. Bailey conducted a research study on 82 sons from gay fathers. From Bailey’s results, 90% of the sons stated that they were in fact, heterosexual. One last finding was by the American Psychological Association, (APA), which said “Research suggests that sexual identities (including gender identity, gender-role behavior, and sexual orientation) develop in much the same ways among children of lesbian mothers as they do among children of heterosexual parents.” Every study I have come across seems to disagree with this certain myth, indicating that it was never true in the first …show more content…
The authors focus on families who just adopted children and monitor their behavior/mental status at two, twelve, and 24 months of post-placement. Some of the types of behaviors they are trying to determine if affected are depression behaviors, withdrawn behaviors, complaints, and types of aggressive and delinquent behaviors. One of the results from this study was that at 2 months post-placement, children from gay/lesbian families had fewer internalizing problems than those from heterosexual families. The authors state, “Regardless of the sexual orientation of their adoptive parents, children exhibited similar patterns of change in these variables over time” (Lavner, Waterman, Peplau, 470). The idea that was argued how children adopted by same-sex families will have more negative effects was proven wrong quite fast. Also, children from both households gained 10 IQ points in the first group of post-placement. One of the most interesting findings from this journal was that parents of lesbian/gay families were more prone to adopt a child with a different ethnicity/race and who had a higher risk of background problems. This finding shows how same-sex parents are more diverse and are willing

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