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This House believes homosexuals should be able to adopt.

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This House believes homosexuals should be able to adopt.

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Homosexuals should be allowed to adopt! A child's placement decision should be determined by the child's specific needs and prospective parents' ability to meet those needs. A child's placement decision should not be determined by the gender of possible parents. Not letting children live with homosexual parents may be keeping them from a good home with wonderful opportunities. Furthermore, by reducing the number of potential parents by excluding homosexuals from adopting can leave some children with no childhood and no parents at all. The American Psychological Association found that "There is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parent sexual orientation: Lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive andn healthy environments for their children." 

In conclusion, it's not what families look like that determine a happy home, but rather the love that these families share. 

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Now a days there is big number of children in adoption centers, and in my opinion they would be far better of in a family who support them and care about them, because everybody needs to feel loved and feel like they matter to someone. Homosexual couples would be thrilled to adopt and would give a huge value to the situation because they - biologically – can’t have children. In the current society we are constantly fighting for equality, but prohibiting two –same-sex – people that love each other to adopt children is not a good way to start.  Everyone should have equal rights, if so, the world would be a much better place.

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I find it particularly disturbing that in today's society questions like this are still debated. The way a child is raised is dictated by the parents so essentially the reason that homosexuals are banned from adopting is that in the eyes of society a homosexual couple wouldn't be able to give their children what a heterosexual couple could give. I know for a fact that this is false. To speak from personal experience, my brother is in fact homosexual. He and his fiance will be married this time next year and I have met heterosexual men much less qualified in my eyes to have children than my brother. 

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Even though one may argue that gay couples have the right to adopt a kid, the essential concern in this debate is the well being of the adopted child. I am not against homosexuals couples being together, as long as it does not affect anyone outside their own lives. In this case, the adopted kid would be negatively influenced by being raised in a non traditional family with parents of the same sex. This will bring the child severe aggravations inside and outside school. The goal of the process of adoption is to find a couple that will benefit the child the most, and in order for the goal to be accomplished, it is essential to have a mom and a dad. A family composed by two parents of the same sex and kids changes the whole idea of what a family is. Also, it is an attempt to go against the natural course of life. 

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Lorenzo Munoz wrote:

 In this case, the adopted kid would be negatively influenced by being raised in a non traditional family with parents of the same sex. This will bring the child severe aggravations inside and outside school.

Do you have any evidence for this? I think the only way to test this is to allow some gay couples to adopt and see if the results are negative.

Lorenzo Munoz wrote:

The goal of the process of adoption is to find a couple that will benefit the child the most, and in order for the goal to be accomplished, it is essential to have a mom and a dad. A family composed by two parents of the same sex and kids changes the whole idea of what a family is. Also, it is an attempt to go against the natural course of life.

Again an assertion without any evidence; who says that it is not simply a stable family environment that children need? And also we should remember that the alternatives are not always a same sex family vs a more traditional family. If it is a same sex family or no family is the child not better off with the same sex family even by your standards?

please refer to to TR's evidence (above http://www.apa.org/about/policy/parenting.aspx) and find something to refute it.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Just my two cents, I do believe that homosexuals should be able to adopts chidren. This may have an initial negative backlash but I believe that in the long run it will be beneficial. By allowing childrne to be adopted by same sex parents, we allow the idea of it to gently enter society. The idea of kids being raised just by same sex families only being a problem if we adopt isn't really valid since surrogate parenthood, or fertilization through sperm banks is still an option available for these parents, and today we see these kids are the ones being teased . By introducing same sex family adoption I think we can help reduce how harshly kids of homosexual parents are perceived. But of course this isn't an end all solution to the problem as steps to educate the other kids in school, of parents and generally society has to be taken in order for them to totally work out. This also has positive effects for the future because if this particular generation can be taught that homosexuals are not inherently bad (by extension someones parents being homosexual is not bad), we can help cater to a better future image for homosexuals This may seem a little bit idealistic, but ideals like this are what debates are supposed to help achieve in my opinion. Just an opinion !

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The legal and social situation of the people who call themselves homosexual varies greatly from one country to another and is often the subject of controversy.

 

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