How same Sex Couples Face Adoption Hurdles

Alternative lifestyles are the accepted norm in Western culture with few exceptions. Marriage is now legal in a selection of European countries, in some states in the USA and other nations are debating the issue with a view to legislative changes to enable legal recognition of same sex marriages. This leaves few of the main stream rights and legal protection remaining as obstacles of discrimination regarding the alternative lifestyle and gay marriage however, one important and often emotive issue is the adoption of children.

Resistance to this comes in many forms starting with the churches that argue against the biblical sin of such relationships. Christian and most other faiths do not accept homosexuality yet they have been unable to prevent acceptance in law. An uneasy truce exists where silence seems the safest course of action and it is also a fact that some churches are set up by, and for same sex couples to worship without fear of condemnation or discrimination.

Adoption of children is administered by church and state, for this reason there is a significant resistance to the idea of same sex couples legally adopting children. Argued along religious lines, the likelihood of a new generation practicing and accepting homosexuality is difficult for these institutions to reconcile with. Fierce opposition with emotive public positions stated serve to polarise communities against the idea of same sex adoption.

Community perceptions against same sex adoption will often use the argument that children of such relationships will likely suffer at school where peers from conventional families will ostracise and exclude them. Other parents and their prejudices contribute to the negative impact, particularly by disallowing their children to associate with those of gay couples. Irrespective of the fact this is grossly unfair, it is nevertheless a significant risk due to generations of abhorrence to the practice of homosexuality.

Perhaps one day the final barriers of intolerance and prejudice will fall but until then, same sex couples face a continuance of long-fought arguments for acceptance and equal rights in the community. Successes of the last thirty years are an encouragement yet none of the freedoms enjoyed today came without a price. It required significant risk by high profile people that thrust the issue of acceptance and portrayed their lifestyle as a normal state, and a choice people should be free to make. Clearly we still have a way to go.