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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 2002, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Adoption right for unmarried and gay couples?

In Britain there's been a debate raging, about whether unmarried and gay couples should be able to adopt.
Now, I think everyone agrees that unmarried should be able to adopt, but alot of people I know aren't to sure about letting gay and lesbian couples adopt.
I'm not to sure what happening/happened about this result in Britain at the moment, but I was just wondering about your views.

Should gay and lesbian couples be allowed to adopt a child?
I think YES.
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Well is it even legal for gays to marry in Britain?

Regardless, IMO - sexual preference does not determine your parenting abilities. Furthermore, "gay", is not some contagious desease that you can pass on to others. Both of these seem to be popular misconceptions

So of course they should be able to adopt, as long as they fulfil the same requirements as any hetero couple does.
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Of course they should!
There are many gay couples who would make much better parents than some straight couples.
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not sure, is a too complex issue, i would need to read and to think more about it
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Yes.
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Yes.

(I'd say the same about an individual homosexual OR heterosexual, or about a group of more than two people of whatever sexuality who wanted to get together and adopt a child. If they could show they were responsible people, I don't care about their sex, sexuality, whether they happen to be in a sexual relationship with each other, or how many of them there are, within some reasonable limit. So it's a separate issue from "gay marriage" in my mind, not that I'd be opposed to some version of the latter being available.)

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Good point, Jou.

As for marriage, I think there should be gay marriages.
I don't understand people who think that homosexual marriages would "destroy the sanctity of marriage." In my opinion, heterosexual people have done a good job of doing that
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No I don't think they should because this would create a black market in adopting babies from 3rd world countries and selling babies etc... It already exists but it would encourage it more.

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i don't understand people who think that either... I mean, I always thought that the sanctity of marriage was a commitment or a bond between two people - any people - who love each other, so I find it almost hypocritical that societies that proclaim to be socially progressive are in fact discriminating against same-sex couples.

And getting back to adoption, once again, I always thought the purpose of adoption was to provide a loving home and a loving family for a child in need - perhaps i'm being a touch idealistic and/or simplistic in my approach but in essence, and this has probably been said by most of you already, same-sex couples are simply being discriminated against despite the fact that many do in fact go above and beyond fulfilling the criteria to be considered as adoptive parents.

Then again, I understand that there are complexities surrounding socially progressive proposals before they can be passed as legislation..... I would assume that with the significant number of conservatives in western parliaments, they provide enough opposition to prevent such bills from becoming legislation.
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No I don't think they should because this would create a black market in adopting babies from 3rd world countries and selling babies etc... It already exists but it would encourage it more.
How would this encourage the black market anymore than it already is? Why would you assume that the percentage of same sex couples permitted to adopt would automatically go this route - any more than hetero couples?

I can't make any sense of this.
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I wonder if people still see marriage as a commitment..

so I might be tempted to say no to adoption for unmarried couples.. I'll try to make myself clear. Kids need a stable environment to grow up happily, either this is in a family with hetero parents or gay parents, I don't think it matters that much. Although may be the ideal situation for a child to grow up is having a dad and a mum.
But having kids is a huge responsibility..and people often don't think about that.
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Yes they should

but you got to take into account the childs feelings
he/she goes to school and he has two dads/mothers and everyone at school takes the piss out of him/her

What will that do to the child ???

You know what children are like and they make fun of the most trivial of stuff and this is NOT Trivial.
it will have long lasting effects on the child if ever it was found out he didn't have a mother or father.

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I'm afraid TBE has a good point there... I'm sure gay couples can be great parents. But it will have it's effect on the kids..bullying at school etc
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