Gay people get offended by the view held by certain members in our society who loudly claim that a child cannot become a well rounded,tolerant and industrious member of their society if he or she had been raised by either a gay,lesbian,transsexual individuals.What do you think?
It's probably safe to say that people's attitudes in certain places towards gay or lesbian couples are no longer such where suchlike individuals feel they need to be ashamed of their sexual preferences and therefore being forced to keep it in the closet as it were.
Is it homophobic to say gay couples shouldn't be allowed to adopt a child? Is it racist to say white people shouldn't adopt a black child for example? Some would call such a view as an deliberate act of inciting racial hatred. Is it simple the religious view of some that make them take such a stand. To be honest,religion,albeit christian or muslim or anyone else for that matter,have presided over some of the most hideous crimes against humanity. And for some of their leaders to come out and say that a gay couple adopting a child is "child abuse" is a little cheap don't you think?
Why can't all people,regardless of their sexual orientation in life,be afforded common consideration? If we did so then we'll find that we are in a very different position than the outdated views held a very long time ago. Surely if a child has two loving and caring parents to look after him or her then what more do people want? Families break up in society regardless of whether their parents are straight or gay.
Is it just bigotry of the highest order when we pull our noses up if a gay couple were to adopt a child for themselves? How would that child's family be seen as different than any other family when it has become a norm for gay couples to adopt? Bigoted views should be shown the exit door and people questioning gay couples adopting a child tarnishes the lesbian,gay and transsexual communities we're living in.
It's about loving foster parents,who happens to be gay,that's trying to give a child healthy and happy environment to flourish in. We should except people for who they are and stop the bigotry against gay or lesbian couples and their right to adopt.
Here some views from across the world on the matter:
1.Gay couples can adopt. What no-one has taken into account is what the child will feel. Do you have any idea about how much he or she will be bullied and ostracised by his peers? This seems to me to be a case of people listening to those who shout the loudest instead of thinking this through logically.
2.My straight parents raised a perfectly well adjusted gay son. What's all this talk of 'indoctrination' - gay people grow up to be gay regardless of how you raise them. Surely having loving parents no matter their gender and orientation is the important thing. And for the nay-sayers, it's high time that they thought about the children instead of parroting petty prejudice.
3.If they give the child love and attention and give them everything they need then I'm in the yes camp. Remember, people used to use the argument that mixed race couples shouldn't have children because they would invariably be bullied. Well those people were pioneers, as gay couples will be. It is just one small step for equality. That's all these people want.
4.All of the gay/lesbian parents I know who have had or adopted children did so out of love, not for a fashion accessory. Very few stable long-term gay relationships? Wrong again. We are not talking about a small pool of your friends. In fact, lesbian relationships have been studied and found to be longer and more stable than heterosexual marriages. Facts not fear.
5.Absolutely. Children should be brought up in a stable loving relationship. It doesn't matter whether it is heterosexual, gay or lesbian. I attend Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto and there are many children who have gay or lesbian parents who attend services. They behave and look no differently than to children of heterosexual parents who also attend church. Gay and lesbian families have to be fought for and want it possibly more than any others - the children know that they are loved and wanted.
6.Will little Johnny copy Daddy and Daddy and go up to little Steven in the playground, give him a kiss and start holding hands?
7.A child will make their own choices about their sexuality as they grow. Studies of children raised in gay households show no increased percentages of homosexuality.
8.I am totally opposed to any form of parenting rights for homosexual and lesbian people. I don't want to see them trying to sabotage the tradition.
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