Today many professionals and laypersons continue to debate the issue of homosexuals and adoption. There have been and will probably continue to be many round table discussions about whether homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children. There are many pros and cons relating to sexual orientation and adopting a child or children. Many people believe that a people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t be a factor in deciding whether they should be allowed to adopt children. There are other people who firmly believe that adoption and homosexual people shouldn’t interact with each other. In fact, in 1977, Florida passed a law that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. However, did you know that it is estimated by researchers that the total number of children nationwide that live with at least one gay parent falls between six and 14 million children?
There are many people against homosexuals adopting children because they believe that stability is a key ingredient in raising emotionally, physically, and mentally healthy children; homosexuals couples simply can’t provide the stability that children need to thrive in society. However, it has also been pointed out that many lesbians and gay men are in committed relationships. Also, both homosexual and heterosexual relationships have problems on and off. It is also claimed by some of the opponents of adoption and homosexual people claim that lesbians and gay men are more likely to molest children. This statement seems to be another myth about homosexuality. This is due to the fact that there is no connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. Both sexual orientations deal with adult sexual attraction to others and not a sexual desire towards children. It seems as if the adoption and homosexual debate will go on for a long time unless and until some people take a fresh look at homosexuality.