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Adoption Although courts have gone to great lengths to provide every child with one mother and one father, the realities of family formation and parenting are considerably more complex. Just a few years ago, most children grew up in a "traditional" or "nuclear" family, which refers to the conjugal household consisting of a husband, a wife, and their dependent children, whose relationships are traditionally recognized by family law. Today, fewer and fewer households are deemed "traditional" families. Societal changes have brought about the rise of "alternative" or "non-traditional" families which include group living, unmarried cohabitation and single-parent families, all of which are mutually interdependent households, but not, historically, so recognized by family law. Although these arrangements - specifically same-sex couples - appear to be distinct from the traditional family, they often embody and preserve the many values and functions of the traditional family, including support, loyalty, values, welfare, love and affection. Furthermore, many committed same-sex couples have and raise children. Nevertheless, for those living in these alternative arrangements, the law has not kept pace with these social evolutions. Moreover, in order for these individuals to assert any legal rights based on a family relationship, such as health insurance and inheritance benefits, they must first be acknowledged as a family member. Unfortunately, however, the law has made it overwhelmingly difficult for both male and female same-sex couples to be recognized as having a "family" relationship with concomitant legal rights and duties. The most permanent, binding way of becoming a non-biological parent is by adoption. Adoption is the legal proceeding, which establishes the legal relationship of parent and child between persons not already so related. Blood ties between adopter and adoptee are unnecessary. The adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents including the right to inherit, while the parent incurs the responsibilities of a parent with respect to the adopted person. In addition, as part of the process, the biological parents' rights and responsibilities are terminated. ...read more.


In addition, as part of the process, the biological parents' rights and responsibilities are terminated. As a general rule, either a married or unmarried person may undertake adoption and the requirements are generally the same in either case. In the former, however, its required either that the petition be made jointly or be consented to by the other spouse. The two basic requirements for someone trying to adopt are age and residence. The most commonly encountered age requirement is that the adopting parent be at least 21 years of age. Many statutes merely specify "any adult" or "any person of lawful age," but the usual effect of this provision is as just stated. Gay adoption There are many different opinions about gay adoption. Some people think that it "allowing children to be adopted by gay, lesbian and unmarried couples would undermine marriage and deny youngsters a stable home-life" (Conservative peers). Other people say "a loving home was better than a childhood spent in care" (Liberal Democrat and Labour peers). There are many famous people who are gay, for example Elton John and Will Young, also characters in television programs like Will (from Will and Grace). These help people become more aware of gay people. Getting more gay people to be equal on the adoption register (often same sex couples are ignored or 'not good enough') is the next step. For A main argument for gay adoption is that it would "widen the circle of prospective adopters" and local authorities find it difficult at the moment to find parents prepared for adopting. Those who make active choices to be parents are likely to be good ones. Abuse is proven to be less likely in same sex couple households when bringing up a child. Against A main argument against it is that people in same sex couples are more likely to split up as they are not married statistics show that same sex couples are more likely to split up than married couples (legal marriage is denied to same sax couples everywhere in the world, except the Netherlands). ...read more.


Therefore same sex couples can not adopt. It is hard for a child when they grow older as they may be teased at school. They will only get input from a male or a female and not both. Christian View The Christian Institute's Director, Colin Hart, said: "The Christian Institute is very saddened that the Government has forced through this gay-rights measure. Gay adoption will do nothing to meet the needs of vulnerable children in care. It only serves the interests of a minority of adults. The Government has completely ignored the public's views on this issue. A recent ICM opinion poll conducted in the Prime Minister's Sedgefield constituency showed that 71% of parents who expressed a view were opposed to homosexual adoption." Also some Christians think that "the best interests of children have been ignored by the Government after peers voted by 215 to 184 in favour of plans to allow homosexual and cohabiting couples to adopt children" The Rev Ian Brown, vicar of Halliwell (near Bolton) said "this is the wrong environment in which to bring up children. It must be very confusing to have two mums and two dads." There are though some Christians that agree with gay adoption, they think that God made everyone and therefore he made them to be who they are, they were made that way. Therefore God would have wanted them to be able to have children, as everyone is equal under the eyes of God. God didn't permit racism and prejudice and he wanted everyone to be equal so therefore gay people should be allowed to adopt. Government/laws It is legal to adopt children if you are gay in the United Kingdom however it is very hard for same sex couples to be accepted by adoption agencies as adoptee parents. Therefore there are few same sex couples that have been able to adopt. Another way of having children in a same sex couple relationship is by surrogacy. By Lauren P, Emily S, Tammy F and Bea B, 11G. ...read more.

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