Topic Proposal: Gay Adoption
Gay couples wanting to adopt children are being stonewalled by the government system and other communities’ road blocking a pathway for gay couples to adopt children. The focus on giving rights to a couple who want to have children have strayed to judging the couple based on their sexual orientation.
This topic is interesting because there are thousands of children out in the system that are waiting to be adopted. This could easily be solved since there is a community full of people, the LBGTQ community, that are wanting and willing to adopt but the couples are having to go through all this red tape. Thus leaving the children without a family and couples without a child.
Gay adoption is relevant because the LGBTQ community rights are not being represented as largely as other communities. Only last year did the federal level ruled in favor of same sex marriage in 2015. One would think that same sex couples would have been allowed legally be married with the same benefits as heterosexual couples. One victory in making a legal family in the LGBTQ community. And now a one step further to complete a family with children. The process of adoption. Most states in the U.S.A allow same sex adoptions while a few states are still banning same sex adoptions. In the CNN news article Gay adoption: A new take on the American Family they mention that even with the states that allow same sex adoption, the couples have to go through judges, adoption agencies who may place multiple hurdles to let them adopt. Even in the world only a few countries like Argentina, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Spain and 9 more countries out of 195 countries allow same sex marriage.
Gay adoption is controversial because there are religious groups and political groups that oppose same sex couples to adopt. Opposing in such as way placing adoption bans for same sex couples. One example is the Mississippi Adoption Ban which allows single gay individuals to adopt but won’t allow same sex couple to adopt. Religious communities finding a way to disadvantage the LGBTQ community by creating a religious freedom proposal. The religious communities worry about how they will be punished in fines by the government if they discriminate against the LGBTQ community and want to be protected to having rights to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
Preventing adoption to a same sex couple means that one parent will be able to adopt but the other parent will not be able to adopt. Meaning one parent will have all the legal rights while the spouse will not. Future legal problems could occur. Possible legal problems such as getting medical care for the child, enrolling the child in a school, visitation rights if the child ends up in a hospital and even school parental authorization of the child. Lets say the spouse that legally adopted the child is out of the country for business and was out of contact and the child fell very ill and was sent to the hospital. The hospital may not allow the other “spouse” to decide on life decisions because they are not legally a parent of the child. Another problem that may occur is divorce. If the same sex couple got a divorce after 10–15 years, the spouse that legally adopted the child could take off and run without any consequences. While leaving the other spouse who wanted visitation rights would have to go through the judicial system and with an outlook of not winning. Having only one of the spouses as the legal guardian could cause these problems for the whole family dynamic.
A way that a married same sex couple could adopt is to go through second parent adoption. Usually this is for same sex married couples who use surrogates. With surrogates the couples are automatically considered legal parents to any child born to them. This applies to heterosexual parents but with homosexual parents the rules seem to blur. When a same sex married couple has a surrogate they are advised to undergo second-parent adoption. Mentioned in the article “At the cutting Edge of Gay Family Law” Second parent adoption allows a second parent to adopt a child without having the first parent losing any parental rights. This can cost thousands of dollars, more home checks just to add extra security for them to be legal parents of a child. Unlike heterosexual parents using a surrogate they don’t have to go through this lengthy and pricey journey to be considered legal parents.
In this day in age adoption can be a hard process and being a gay couple wanting to adopt it is even a harder process. Choosing this blog topic will share insights to a community that is being forced to go through hoops without the help of others.