Reverend Matthew Bode has been with his husband since , after the two met through mutual friends in the Michigan community where they do social-justice work. In , they wed at a public religious ceremony attended by loved ones. Both men knew they wanted to be parents at some point, though neither felt the need to have a biological child. So, about a year and a half ago, they started to foster children in Detroit, a city Bode has called home since He and his husband are now in the process of adopting two girls—sisters—whom they fostered. With the Supreme Court set to rule on gay marriage in June , couples like Bode and his husband may not have to wait much longer for complete marriage equality. Yet, the adoption landscape in the United States is so fractured that a win for same-sex marriage might not translate to an immediate win for same-sex adoption. Legal experts say it will take time for certain states to adjust to a federal ruling that would require them to recognize gay marriages—and thus, gay adoptions—including those performed out-of-state. Establishing equality before the law would only be the first step, as it has been for other minority groups in the U. Lived equality will require much deeper social changes.
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AGAINST Gay Adoption
Head2Head: Yes argues Catherine Egan-Morley , who says the law sees her as a stranger to her own son. I became the parent of the beautiful Jacob Edward Egan-Morley. Like most other parents, I was there at his conception. I attended every ante-natal visit, carried 2D scan pictures in my wallet to meetings, felt his kicks in the middle of the night and watched with a mixture of fear and excitement as he was brought into the world by his fabulous mother. All through the pregnancy, my family spoke of the imminent arrival of their new grandson, nephew and cousin. My colleagues asked me if I was going to take the usual fortnight of parental leave to ease both his and his mother's transition into the family home.
Should Same Sex Couples Be Allowed to Adopt?
In the past, same-sex couples faced many legal obstacles when trying to adopt. So whether you are a prospective same-sex couple or LGBTQ individual looking to adopt we hope you find this article helpful. In a private US adoption, the process for LGBTQ individuals or couples is generally no different than for heterosexual individuals or couples looking to adopt, as everyone still has to find an adoption professional to guide them, complete a home study, and then wait for a Birth Mother to select them. The main difference however, is that due to adoption agency preferences, some agencies may choose not to work with LGBTQ individuals or couples. For US foster care adoption, although eligibility requirements vary between states and territories, in most instances sexual orientation, as well as marital status, age and income will not automatically disqualify someone from being a foster parent or adopting a child from foster care. In fact, it has been reported that same-sex couples are six times more likely than heterosexual couples to be raising foster children.
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption. Moreover, where studies do mention adoption they often fail to distinguish between outcomes for unrelated children versus those in their original family or step-families, causing research on the more general case of LGBT parenting to be used to counter the claims of LGBT-adoption opponents. Despite the small sample, and the fact that the children have yet to become aware of their adoption status or the dynamics of gender development, the study found no significant associations between parental sexual orientation and child adjustment. Scientific research indicates that the children of same-sex couples fare just as well or even better than the children of opposite-sex couples. Adoption of children by LGBT people is an issue of active debate. In the United States, for example, legislation to prevent adoption by LGBT people has been introduced in many jurisdictions; such efforts have largely been defeated.