Is it appropriate for Gay Couples to Adopt Children – Yes

Adoption is a wonderful thing. It serves a great purpose to society. Children who are brought into this world under unfavorable circumstances have the potential to find loving people who want to include these little ones in a family of their own. Not all adoptions are perfect, but adopting a child shows a passion to be a parent, regardless of sexual orientation.

Being a parent means making  a commitment to the development of a child, and if you are adopting, this is not a decision that is taken lightly. Parenting doesn’t happen by chance to gay couples. For a gay couple, there is a strong desire to nurture a child and create a loving home.. Gay parents don’t become parents on accident.

Homosexuality is not a disease, not a choice, and definitely not contagious. Children raised by gay parents are more accepting of others, but there is no evidence that they are any more prone to be gay then a child that is raised by straight couples or single parents. Children need love, support, and someone to teach them right from wrong. Gay parents are just as capable to provide these needs as straight couples.

There many children who are in need loving, stable homes. Gay couples can provide that stability and love. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is as archaic as racism or antisemitism. Why deny a child a great home because of personal beliefs? What is important is the best interest of the child.

Out of the more than 520,000 children in the foster care system, only 50,000 are placed in permanent homes each year. Many foster care children have been scarred, abused, and neglected. Gay parents can provide a stable, supportive environment that will encourage those children to thrive. There has never been evidence to dispute the fact that children raised by gay parents are any less apt to be productive, self-sufficient members of society, than children raised by straight parents.

Raising a child is not easy, and some people become parents by accident. This doesn’t make them less capable, but people who choose to be parents, no matter their sexual orientation, can provide just as much love and support for their children. Families are as diverse as the people who create them. Everyone deserves the chance to raise a child. Sexual orientation should not be an issue. The best interest of the child doesn’t depend on who his or her parents are sexually attracted to.