Whatever people feel towards homosexuals, children living in single-sex families in developed Western countries today have become an everyday reality. New forms of partnership, couples with children from different marriages, development of artificial insemination technologies – all these changes result in such children becoming more common which, in turn, leads to ambiguous reaction.
When discussions raise the issue of bringing up children in gay couples, one aspect of the situation is often discussed: is the homosexual orientation of adults influencing the formation of sexual preferences of the child. Psychologists and sexologists are inclined to a negative response because many children are raised, for example, only mothers and grandmothers, without participation in the process of the father, or vice versa.
People find it difficult to imagine that a child can become gay only under the influence of the parent’s orientation. Much more important in this regard are the personal qualities of the adults who bring up the child. The question of adoption is resolved positively when adoptive parents are the adult, responsible people who want and can take care of children. That is, some people believe that children in homosexual families grow up well, and their development and upbringing do not differ from children in heterosexual couples.
Alternatively, some are convinced that the parent’s orientation, as well as the absence of a mother or a father for the child, may negatively affect the child’s psyche. Also, religious beliefs and moral and conservative values can become a significant obstacle.
So, how do you feel about adopting by the same-sex couples?