Argument In Favour of Gay Adoption Argumentative Essay by KatiaK

Argument In Favour of Gay Adoption
This paper argues in favour of allowing same-sex partners to adopt/raise children.
# 111132 | 1,956 words | 6 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jan 12, 2009 in Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Hot Topics (Gay Adoption)

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In this article, the writer explains that same-sex adoption, or as it is more commonly referred to in the media, gay adoption, is the adoption of children by individuals in a conjugal relationship with a member of the same sex. The writer notes that the topic of same-sex adoption is highly controversial, due to the arguments by those opposed to it that same-sex marriage would do a disservice to the nation, traditional values and the health and well being of the adopted children. The writer argues that the arguments against same-sex adoption are based on flawed assumptions and therefore hold little to no water in terms of being valid arguments. Furthermore, the writer maintains that research indicates that same-sex adoption provides equal, if not more benefits to children, as compared to children of heterosexuals, and that to deny same-sex couples the right to adopt is a denial of basic human and civil rights.

From the Paper:

"To continue to deny same-sex couples the right and the ability to adopt children together, instead of going through long drawn out processes in which one parent adopts as a single parent followed by the partner adopting the child later, is a continuation of severe discrimination, and should not be allowed.
"There is a growing body of literature concerning same-sex parents and their children. The research covers a variety of topics, including the process same-sex couples go through when deciding to have children, how they come to the decision, and how they decide upon which method to use when having children. The literature discusses the impact on the health of the individuals within the relationship in terms of their concerns for their children about social stigma and discrimination, as well as how their own personal levels of internalized homophobia relate to their decision of whether or not to raise children together. However, the literature of most interest to this paper concerns the effects on the children of growing up in a same-sex parented household. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Flaks, D. (1994). Gay and lesbian families: Judicial assumptions, scientific realities. William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 3 345-372.
  • Garfinkel, I. & McLanahan, S. (1986). Single mothers and their children: A New American Dilemma Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press.
  • Green & Bozett. (1991). Lesbian mothers and gay fathers. In J.C. Gosiorek & J.D. Weinrich (Eds.). Homosexuality: Research implications for public policy pp 197-214. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Kirkpatrick, M. (1996). Lesbians as parents. In R.P. Cabaj & T.S. Stein (Eds.) Textbook of homosexuality and mental health. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  • Patterson, C.J. (1995). Lesbian mothers, gay fathers and their children. In A.R. D'Augelli & C.J. Patterson (Eds.) Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan: Psychological Perspectives.262-290. New York: Oxford University Press.

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