Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
Bob Dylan once said, “Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” In contemporary society, people have adapted and accepted the many different relationships there are, such as the traditional monogamous relationships to asexual relationships and even homosexual relationships. People love who they love and that’s their right, and the government knows this and has passed laws to protect or support many of these different types of relationships. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all fifty states, and required states to honor out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses in the case Obergefell v. Hodges (HERMANN). People have stripedd-down past ideas and have become more open minded however, they are still many controversial topics such as the right of same sex couples to be allowed to adopt children. The question is not if it will happen, but should it be supported? Regardless, somewhere, sometime, in the world, it’s going to be legalized.
Homosexual people are individuals. They have same rights we do. They can be responsible, loving and good parents- most of the time better than the heterosexual parents. People think many false things about homosexual people for instance people tend to overestimate the percentage of homosexual people. However in the United States there are famous homosexual people that serve as an example. People such as Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ellen Degenerate, all of them famous people in homosexual relationships that had in a way influence how people in the United States feel about that type of relationship. Nowadays the world has changed. We must think more positively and must become open minded. We must think of the benefits of homosexual people adopting children and not only what is bad. Legalizing adoption for homosexual people would not only benefit them, but will benefit and provide a home for many kids. According to statistics by Ashley Provencher, “In United States during the 1990s, rising numbers of children entered foster care and falling numbers exited. The number of children in foster care peaked at about 570,000—nearly eight in 1,000 children—in federal fiscal year 1999, and the average child’s stay in foster care exceeded 31 months.” Numbers would have gone down if same sex relationships were able to adopt and they would have provided a safe home for many of those kids. Kids deserve to have a home in a stable family that will love them, care for them, no matter what sex they are because it does not make a difference.
The opposing view believes that a child raised by homosexual parents could be mentally affected however, there has been scientifically studies that prove this statement false. According to a study conducted by Cornell University: We identified 79 scholarly studies that met our criteria for adding to knowledge about the well-being of children with gay or lesbian parents. Of those studies, 75 concluded that children of gay or lesbian parents fare no worse than other children. While many of the sample sizes were small, and some studies lacked a control group, researchers regard such studies as providing the best available knowledge about child adjustment, and do not view large, representative samples as essential. We identified four studies concluding that children of gay or lesbian parents face added disadvantages —Taken together, this research forms an overwhelming scholarly consensus, based on over three decades of peer-reviewed research, that having a gay or lesbian parent does not harm children.
While having homosexual parents can include added obstacles, overall kids are raised and treated the same way as in a heterosexual relationship. There is no proof to backup the statement that a child could be mentally affected or in a way damaged. Opponents also believe that having homosexual parents will encourage the child to become lesbian or gay, but that is not true. Multiple homosexual parents in the United States have raised children that are completely heterosexual and they are not affected in any way. According to Research on the psychological development and well?being of children raised by same?sex parents by Susan Golombok, “Regarding children’s gender development, it is now generally agreed that sex?typed behavior results from an interplay among biological, psychological, and social mechanisms, with parents playing a minor, and possibly insignificant, role.” Meaning that researched has proved that a child will not follow his or her parents example.
In the United states after the case Obergefell v. Hodges many couples were able to adopt in most of the states expect for Mississippi until 2016 when a federal judge struck down the ban on adoptions by same-sex couples by describing that the 16-year-old law as unconstitutional. But to their surprise they passed a new bill called, “Mississippi Religious Restoration Act.” The Mississippi Restoration Act guarantees freedom of religion without the right for government to interfere, supporters believe that this bill will lead and permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. A similar bill that would have allowed Arizona residents to deny service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds was vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer last month (Rogers). The Mississippi Restoration Act is a disadvantage to same sex relationships who want to adopt children since the law states that they can be denied that right. This bill would allow businesses and religious groups to decide who gets their services, meaning that the religious freedom restoration act protected organizations liberty of denying LGBT individuals services such as marriage, adoption and foster care.
The United States was one of the first countries that allowed same sex relationships to adopt a child, along with Colombia and Brazil. If a child can be in a loving environment where he or she feels safe,, healthy, happy and and has no issues with their parents being the same sex then it should be allowed everywhere with the consent of the child. If someone is ready to willingly take care of a child and provide them with something better then, they should have a chance. We all have the same rights so they should not be denied the right to have a family.