Same Sex Couples Adoption Rights Essay

2253 Words Jun 16th, 2012 10 Pages
Should Same Sex Couples Have the Same Adoption Rights as Heterosexual Couples?

Krystal Davis


March 13, 2012
Barbara Plyler

Should Same Sex Couples Have the Same Adoption Rights as Heterosexual Couples?

In 2008, President Barack Obama stated there are too many children who need loving parents to deny one group of people adoption rights (eQuality, 2005). A child will benefit from a healthy, loving home, whether the parents are gay or not (eQuality, 2005). With that statement in 2008 from the individual who holds the most powerful authority in the United States, why are gay and lesbian couples today still battling adoption laws? When in fact while trying to adopt and raise children a couple’s sexual
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Although there is no proven research any of these details are confined to homosexuals, these are some of the discrimination tactics used to determine that same sex couples will provide an unsafe environment for rearing children. In some cases gay men and lesbian women may have to pretend to be heterosexual to avoid the barriers presented in the adoption process. Consequently, gay and lesbian couples have resorted to using a system referred to as the “underground railroad’ to attain the right to parent and co-parent adoptees. For example, a gay couple in Ohio began increasing their family by adopting. The couple took turns adopting a family of 8 brothers and sisters from Haiti. Because same sex marriage is illegal in Ohio, one partner adopted and then the other until they had a complete family of 8 children. This type of adoption process is not unheard of and may cause some problems. The family has to carry separate health insurance policies and the non-parent has no explicit parental right. In fact, the couple is denied the basic benefit of protecting the second parents’ custodial rights and responsibilities should the first parent happen to die or become incapacitated. Allowing homosexual couples to adopt mandates the requirement for child support, visitation rights because of the couples separation and legal permission for both parents to provide consent for medical care as well as other important decisions such as the child’s education

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