Photo by Melinda Green. When the Supreme Court took up the issue of gay marriage last month, Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that experts debate whether same-sex parents are bad for children. Siegel, a School of Medicine professor of pediatrics, coauthored a report , published by the American Academy of Pediatrics the week before the court case, arguing that three decades of research concur that kids of gay parents are doing just fine. The report cites estimates that gay couples and single parents are raising almost two million American children. Does he expect the report to influence either the high court or state legislatures debating gay marriage and adoption? Those studies similarly found no difference in outcomes for the children as compared with children of heterosexual parents.
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My friend is doing a discursive essay on gay adoption, and can't think of many points for and against, can you help? Some are just haters, some do it because of their religious beliefs that it is wrong, some think it is bad for the child, etc. I think that in a soceity with abusive parents and children living without the proper love and care - why deny them the chance of a loving family just because its not a man and a women looking after them. The amount of straight couples that have children they don't want or care for, but if a gay person has gone into the process of adoption they obviously really want a child.
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In United States, in general, any single adult or a married couple US citizen can be eligible to adopt. In order to do this, the only thing necessary is that the adopters comply with the requirements demanded by the law of the United States. However, international gay adoption is much more complicated, as few countries allow same-sex couples to adopt. The term gay family is also used to describe families made up of two fathers or two mothers and their children, who may have different origins:.
On March 31, , a Federal District Court struck down Mississippi 's ban on same-sex couples from adoption. Previously several other states had similar bans however Mississippi's was the last to be overruled. Prior to these rulings, adoption laws varied widely by state. Some states granted full adoption rights to same-sex couples, while others banned it entirely or only allowed the partner in a same-sex relationship to adopt the biological child of the other partner.