The Pros And Cons Of Same-Sex Parenting

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Even though the topic of gay parenting receives a lot of negative feedback, it still continues to acquire many advocates that continue to fight for the cause. Recent studies at the University of Melbourne have proven the claim that the children of same-sex couples have an above average rate of health and overall well-being (Holliday). When children in same-sex parent families were tested on general health and family cohesion they scored roughly six percent higher than children of traditional heterosexual families. However, when the scores were compared between children of traditional and nontraditional families (when the tests involved categories of mood, behavior, mental health, emotional role, and self-esteem) the results were equivalent …show more content…
An estimated 100,000 kids linger in foster care centers around the United States. Same-sex couples are dominating a large portion of the population that hope to adopt, but still continue to face many obstacles on their quest to do so. Because the Supreme Court voted to make gay marriage legal nationwide in 2015, this aids in same-sex couples being allowed to adopt from foster care agencies instead of through private, gay-friendly adoption agencies. However, homosexual couples continue to face difficulties in adopting in states that have laws to limit joint adoption to a husband and wife (Beitsch). Research shows evidence that gay and lesbian couples are more likely to adopt foster care children that typically belong to groups that are least likely to get adopted. These groups would include children that are older, have special needs, or are of a minority race that heterosexual couples tend to avoid (Pappas). A popular argument concerning gays and lesbians becoming parents is that a child needs a masculine and feminine parent in order to receive a well-rounded …show more content…
King went on to explain how she learned the typical feminine tasks like housework and cleaning from her dad when she was a kid, rather than her mom because her mom hated housework. Mrs. King also commented, “To me a gender role doesn’t necessarily equate to this person can teach a child more than any other person,” (King). Regardless of the fact that the world is experiencing a time of changing, the legal and social definition of a family still contains certain rules. A family is defined as being run by a single parent (either a mom or a dad) and has recently expanded to include families that are run by two moms or two dads (Bennett). By the definition of a family, the law has set the limit of the number of parents a child can have as two. By doing this, the law fails to protect the relationships and emotional connections that a child of a nontraditional household may have made with the parental figures in his or her life while they were growing up. This law also disadvantages a child if something were to happen to the child’s legal parents, which in turn would render the legal parents incapable of raising the child, and also left the child with no one to care for him or her

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