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Ética, Persona y Sociedad (33)
Prof. Laura Alanís Ancira
April 13, 2010
Adoption from homosexual individuals: Will this affect the basis of the concept of family?
Nowadays, the homosexuality is more common in almost all the societies, they are now considered more normal and most people acceptthem or at least respect their freedom. Although, they still being a debate between different areas of the society and they have a lot of problem if what they are doing is ethically right. Right now, there are a lot of different opinions about the homosexuals adopting. In some countries as United States, they are able to get married but an aspect that still worry the society is the adoption ofchildren by them. People matters a lot of the possible issues that these children could have in the future. Homosexuals, in order to claim their vital right to have a family, should be able to adopt children legally as any other heterosexual couples. I am going to develop the arguments about the capacity of homosexuals to be good parents, the ethical problems with the society and the values andpossible action line for the government to support this right. In this way, stating with the USA we can promote the homosexual freedom to adopt in others Latin-American countries.
The major discussion about the adoption between these individuals is if they are good enough to raise a child because the unnatural way they are living. Considering the fact that in the USA are 65,000 adopted children fromhomosexuals in different ways. They are not allowed to adopt in 36 states of this particular country and in the states they can do it they face the prejudice during the process because only 46% of Americans support gays and lesbians adoption.
People that are against argue that gays or lesbian households suffer from not having a mom and a dad, like James Dobson, the head of Focus on the Family, asocially conservative organization, said: “Love alone is not enough to guarantee healthy growth and development; also, Rob Woronoff of the Child Welfare League of America, who argue shutting off adoption and foster care to gays and lesbians adversely affects children because it narrows the pool of potential parents. These arguments are totally wrong because there are a lot of children that areraised by a single parent and they develop as any other child without identity problems, they won’t be affected by the fact that they will be missing a role in their nuclear family because is the same situation with a single parent. As the American Academy of Pediatrics said that children with gay or lesbian’s parents fare as well as those raised in families with a mother and a father.
Anotherproblem with adoption is that it is already difficult between heterosexuals, so, for a homosexual couple is harder. Right now, in the USA, there are 520,000 children in foster care, according to the North American Council on Adoptable Children; of those, 120,000 are available for adoption, but only 50,000 find permanent homes each year. The problem is not the lack of adoptable children, there are a lotof them who will like to have a home, and it is not right that they cannot have it because there are not enough people adopting. With the acceptance of the homosexuals to adopt, more children will be able to have a place to live. The actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, a foster parent in Florida, who helped lead a failed effort in 2004 to overturn that state’s ban on gay adoptions, said in aninterview that gays and lesbians are often willing to take children that straight couples won’t. The problem is that the Government of the States, where homosexuals can adopt, does not keep statistics on adoption by gays and lesbians but Gary Gates, a UCLA demographer who studies gays and lesbians, analyzed 2000 Census data and estimates that about 250,000 children are being raised by same-sex...