Homosexual Inclusion into the Spectrum of Adoption Argumentative Essay by bluedispatcher

Homosexual Inclusion into the Spectrum of Adoption
An argument in favor of letting homosexual individuals adopt children.
# 110605 | 2,057 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2008 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Hot Topics (Gay Adoption)

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This paper addresses the issue of the exclusion of homosexual individuals in the adoption of children. The author argues that a person's sexual orientation should not come into consideration when applying for the adoption of a child. The paper states that many homosexuals possess parenting skills and resources that far exceed the minimal requirements but are bypassed and precluded because of their sexual orientation. The author also includes research that, although children who grow up in a family with homosexual parents may suffer from some distress, there is no reliable evidence that sexual orientation per se impairs psychological functioning. In closing, the author states that homosexuals already face additional complications when they choose to adopt, and, if they are up to the challenge, should be supported and given every opportunity to adopt.

From the Paper:

"Without a doubt, many Americans passionately believe that only heterosexual married couples should legitimately participate in the adoption process. However, many capable homosexual individuals, the majority of whom possess the desire and resources to adopt, exhibit parenting skills that exceed the minimal credit they are often given. Quite simply, a person's sexual orientation should not be a major consideration. Indeed, homosexuals should not be precluded from adopting children because doing so denies countless children the potential to gain a desperately needed home, fails to acknowledge that no significant developmental differences exist in children of gay and lesbian parents, and ignores the basic principle that ability to properly parent is independent of sexual orientation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics. "Policy Statement." Co-parent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents. 2 Feb 2002. Accessed 2 Dec 2008. <http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics%3b10 9/2/339>.
  • American Psychological Association. "Answers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality." Topic:Sexuality. Accessed 2 Dec 2008. <http://www.apa.org/topics/sorientation.html#can lesbians>.
  • American Civil Liberties Union. "Gay Adoption Benefits Society." Homosexuality: Current Controversies. Ed. Helen Cothran. Michigan: Greenhaven Press, 2003.
  • Coles, Matthew and Cooper, Leslie. American Civil Liberties Union. Gay Adoption Legal Complaint. No. 99-10058-CIV-KING. US District Ct. of Southern Dist. Of Florida. 18 Jul 2001. Accessed 2 Dec 2008.<http://www.aclufl.org/legislature_courts/legal_department/briefs_complaints/loftonsumjug0701.cfm>.
  • ElHage, Alysse M. and Xenakis, Angela. "Should Homosexuals Adopt? Why Adoption Is Not a Homosexual 'Rights' Issue." North Carolina Family Policy Council Findings. 2001. Accessed 2 Dec 2008. <http://www.ncfamily.org/PolicyPapers/Findings%200108-SameSex%20Adopt.PDF>.

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