Same Sex Marriage Persuasive Research Paper

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It is believed among many people that two parents of the same-sex are unable to provide a stable and safe environment to raise children. A same-sex couple is just that, a couple where both partners are of the same sex, either two men or two women. Gay and lesbian parents are equally as capable as straight parents to care for a child. These children can grow up normal, healthy, and happy in settings that are secure and reliable. Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, expressed on Twitter, "When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” The leader of the free world believes that same-sex couples should be treated no differently than heterosexual couples. No matter what …show more content…
Hodges 576 US 2015 was the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. All states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Just as the right to marry does not correlate with their sexual orientation, neither should their right to adopt. As of 2010, there are more than 594,000 same-sex couples in the U.S. alone. Of those couples, 119,000 have children. Whether those children are biological, step, or adopted, they are still being raised by two men or two women. Seventy-three percent of the couples have children that are only biological, twelve percent are step children or adopted, and six percent have children that may be a combination of the two. According to the 2000 U. S. Census, thirty-three percent of female same-sex couple households and twenty-two percent of male same-sex couple households reported at least one child under the age of 18 living in the home. Eighty-four percent of these households contained his or her own children of the head of the house. In comparison, ninety-four percent of opposite-sex married couple households with children reported living with their own children. Same-sex couples sometimes have children that are biologically related to one of the spouses. Same-sex couples in all states, except Mississippi, can petition for joint adoption statewide. However, couples may be required to be in a legally recognized relationship, such as a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership. States …show more content…
There have been three major concerns about lesbian and gay parents that are commonly voiced. These include worries that lesbians and gay men are mentally ill, that lesbian women are less maternal than heterosexual women, and that lesbians ' and gay men 's relationships with their sexual partners take time away from developing relationships with their children. Being homosexual is not an illness or disorder, and there is no “cure” for homosexuality. American Psychiatric Association stated that "homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities". There is no evidence that a person’s sexual orientation affects their psychological development, nor does it affect the psychological development of the child. There is no evidence to support claims that children of lesbian and gay parents are less intelligent or have lower self-esteem or than children of heterosexual parents The notion that the relationship between two gay men or two lesbian women negatively affects the relationship between them and their child is also untrue, as research has failed to prove otherwise. Conversely, some studies show that the parenting skills of gay and lesbian parents “could be superior to those of matched heterosexual parents”, suggesting that they might even be better parents than straight parents

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