LGBT adoption laws

Jack Cluver, Section Editor

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Since the legalization of gay marriage, there has been a struggle for same-sex couples to adopt children of their own. Many states now have a policy that allows agencies to choose whether or not they are willing to place a child in a home based on religious or moral convictions. LGBT+ support groups are saying this is an excuse to discriminate against same-sex couples. It does not matter what gender the parents are as long as they supply the child with the care they need.

Many assume that the “gay is contagious” so the children being adopted would most likely become homosexual right? With that logic, there would be almost no homosexuals since most children are raised by heterosexual parents. That mindset sets kids up for failure and creates nothing more than a more bigoted society for the children to live in.  

According to scientific study, for a child to succeed in life they need interaction, a stable relationship with caring people, and a healthy environment. Any adult can provide these things, regardless of  sexual orientation or gender identity. Those things listed are part of an even bigger list of requirements. In fact, one thing that LGBT+ parents have been more likely to give that some heterosexual parents do not is acceptance. If a child comes out of the closet with a different sexual or gender identity, the parents will most likely accept them. It, sadly had to be, scientifically proven that a child is less likely to commit suicide or have any form of depression if they are in an accepting home

All that taking away a person’s right to adopt does is create less homes that children can go to. Plenty of children do not get adopted before their teen years and there are many LGBT+ couples that are willing to adopt them. Taking away a child’s opportunity to be given a good home fails them for life, it is something that they cannot control and that is not fair to them. These kids need the chance to learn how to take care of themselves after they turn eighteen and they deserve to have loving parents who can provide that to them.

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