On March 31, , a Federal District Court struck down Mississippi 's ban on same-sex couples from adoption. Previously several other states had similar bans however Mississippi's was the last to be overruled. Prior to these rulings, adoption laws varied widely by state. Some states granted full adoption rights to same-sex couples, while others banned it entirely or only allowed the partner in a same-sex relationship to adopt the biological child of the other partner.
Gay Couples Can Teach Straight People a Thing or Two About Arguing
I’ve got two dads – and they adopted me | University of Cambridge
Photo by Melinda Green. When the Supreme Court took up the issue of gay marriage last month, Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that experts debate whether same-sex parents are bad for children. Siegel, a School of Medicine professor of pediatrics, coauthored a report , published by the American Academy of Pediatrics the week before the court case, arguing that three decades of research concur that kids of gay parents are doing just fine. The report cites estimates that gay couples and single parents are raising almost two million American children. Does he expect the report to influence either the high court or state legislatures debating gay marriage and adoption? Those studies similarly found no difference in outcomes for the children as compared with children of heterosexual parents. Even that study found mixed results the children of gay parents did more poorly in language and math, but better in social studies and attitudes toward learning, for example.
A Major Study Reveals What Happens to Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples
Research into adoptive families headed by same-sex couples paints a positive picture of relationships and wellbeing in these new families. The study, which was carried out by Cambridge University, suggests that adoptive families with gay fathers might be faring particularly well. Overall we found markedly more similarities than differences in experiences between family types. In-depth research into the experiences of adoptive families headed by same-sex couples suggests that children adopted by gay or lesbian couples are just as likely to thrive as those adopted by heterosexual couples.
A leading issue in the same-sex marriage debate is the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. The issue was decided by the U. Supreme Court on June 26, , when it ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.