Homosexual Marriages And Adoption

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In America, a mother and/or a father are present in a plethora of families. This has been the way families are structured for many centuries. This structure has an affect on everyone in the family, including children. Having two heterosexual parents positively benefits the children when developing mentally and emotionally. When one of the parents is absent, children develop differently than those who are in a family with both parents. If a homosexual couple decides to adopt, this puts the child in a family structure without a mother and a father. A child 's developmental stage is one of the most important in its life. It affects the child 's cognition, behavior, their personality, and more. For this reason, homosexual couples should not be allowed to adopt. Adoption should not be legal in the United States for …show more content…
Homosexuals have faced discrimination and hatred all throughout history. For example, sodomy was a crime before 1961 (Green, 2015). No aspect of homosexuality was legal in the United States before 1961. If sodomy was a crime, then homosexuals were not allowed to marry or adopt. They were punished legally like someone who sped or stole from a store. In addition, "a New York City bar did not serve gays and lesbians until 1966" (Green, 2015, pg. 2). Discrimination was so serious, homosexuals were not even served in a New York bar. In today 's society, law suits would be filed for hate crimes against gays. In today’s society, gays have more equality than they did in the 1900’s. Elon Green states, the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality a mental illness in 1969 (Green, 2015). The way society viewed homosexuality was very different then compared to now. The fact that it was considered a mental illness at one point in time proves that homosexuals should not be allowed to adopt because they are not mentally

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