Anti lgbt parenting
- 4. BREAKING DOWN PREJUDICES
- New Study Defies Anti-LGBT Parenting Critics
- Arguments for and against gay adoption
- 2. LGBT COUPLES MAKE GREAT PARENTS
- Trans parenting
- Homophobia and transphobia
- 1 – LET EACH COUNTRY DECIDE FOR ITSELF
- 3. KIDS NEED FAMILIES
- 1 – EQUAL RIGHTS MEANS JUST THAT
4. BREAKING DOWN PREJUDICES
Scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. Major associations of mental health professionals in the U.S., Canada, and Australia have not identified credible empirical research that suggests otherwise.
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New Study Defies Anti-LGBT Parenting Critics
“This new research is yet another nail in the coffin of the outrageous arguments used to deny our LGBT families the legal equality, fairness, and respect we deserve,” said Ellen Kahn, HRC Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program. “The perception or attitude that same-sex parents and families are not good enough, or ‘less than,’ is what truly hurts children, not the fact that they have two moms or two dads. When same-sex parents are faced with the scorn of homophobic opponents who repeatedly claim that children need a ‘married mother and father,’ let us remind them that it is precisely their behavior - their false claims about our families and their anti-LGBT rhetoric that are hurting children.”
Children adopted by gay couples weren’t snatched from happy hetero families. Most will come from orphanages, foster homes or single mums unable to cope. Many are from poor countries. The family, gay or straight, is better than the alternatives. Given the shortage of suitable straight couples, gay adoption can provide kids the loving homes they need. That’s good for children, good for couples wanting to raise a child and good for society. There are now around 65,000 children who have found homes thanks to gay adoption legislation in the United States.
Arguments for and against gay adoption
There is ample evidence to show that gay couples can be just as good at parenting as straight couples. In fact, some believe homosexual couples on average tend to be better motivated and more committed than heterosexual parents, because they always chose to have children – unlike the around 50 percent of straight couple who stumble into parenthood by accident. Many gay couples form relationships that are more stable than many heterosexual marriages giving adopted children a secure, emotionally stable home.
Faith-based adoption agencies play a vital role in ensuring orphaned, abandoned and deprived children can find loving homes. Many will simply give up rather than be forced by the law to hand children over to same-sex couples. It’s already happening: Catholic agencies in Britain and the United States have shut shop in the wake of laws that would have obliged them to send children to gay couples. Enforcing legalisation will make if more difficult for needy children to find the families they need.
Civilized societies do not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, gender or sexuality, yet the denial of equal rights to gay couples is clear discrimination. Gay and heterosexual couples deserve the same legal rights to adopt. Anything less is pure inequality based on homophobia. In some countries gay individuals can adopt as single parents, but gay couples can’t. That is absurd. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says clearly “all are equal before the law … all are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination.” A growing number of countries are waking up to this reality.
"Consensus is overwhelming in terms of there being no difference in children who are raised by same-sex or different-sex parents," said University of Oregon professor Ryan Light, as reported by Reuters. "The studies, Light said, showed some disagreement among scientists on the outcome of same-sex parenting in the 1980s but it largely subsided in the 1990s, and a clear consensus had formed by 2000 that there is no difference between same-sex and different-sex parenting in the psychological, behavioral or educational outcomes of children."
Societies that embrace diversity are stronger and better off. Children raised by gay couples may have different outlooks – surveys in the US have shown they grow up more tolerant and open-minded. That can only be good. Lifting bans on gay marriage or gay adoption are steps towards more diverse, more tolerant societies, where nobody faces discrimination. “Now we’re on the right side of history,” said Portuguese gay rights campaigner Isabel Advirta, after parliament approved the gay adoption law in December.
Today, with an imminent ruling expected from the highest court in the land on marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation highlighted a new study that found “the literature on outcomes for children of same-sex parents is marked by scientific consensus that they experience ‘no differences’ compared to children from other parental configurations.” Co-authored by professors from the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado at Denver, the study reviewed 19,000 studies and articles from between 1977 to 2013.