This is a question that comes up a lot with gay rights these days. I absolutely think gay and lesbian couples should be able to raise children. I’ve asked some people I know this question, and got some mixed reactions.
The first person I asked was a close friend of mine. He’s the most opinionated person I know, but I’ve always respected his opinion. Even though I very rarely agree with him. I asked him if gay and lesbian couples should raise children, and this wasn’t one of those rare times that I agree, to say the least.
His response was “No.” So I asked him to elaborate. He told me that being raised by gay or lesbian couples would mess up the kids minds. He also said that they would be ridiculed at school by all the kids who have one Mom and one Dad, not two dads or two moms. However, in my opinion, our society is maturing enough (slowly) to accept gay and lesbian couples, and them raising children. I don’t think it would mess up the childrens’ minds being raised by two men or two women. I think as long as they have two parents who love them unconditionally, they will do just fine.
This friend, who will remain nameless in this article, has a 3 year old daughter, as do I. I asked him if his daughter had a classmate who’s parents were a gay or lesbian couple, would be let her be friends with her? His response was “yes, but she won’t be allowed over their house.” Of course, I asked why, and he said “because I don’t want her to be molested.” That’s a response that really angered me, and it proves that he’s hating something he doesn’t really know anything about. Gays and lesbians are not molesters, they are not predators, they are people. They are, in my opinion, less likely to commit crimes like sexual assault, or anything like that.
If my daughters were to have friends with gay parents, I wouldn’t care if they went over their house, had slumber parties, went camping, or anything. Gay people are just that – people! They are not evil, they are not bad people. They just want to be accepted, and they deserve to be accepted.
Another person that I asked if gays and lesbians should be able to raise children was an 18 year old adopted boy. He said that he believes that gay and lesbian couples should be able to raise children simply because it will increase the amount of children being adopted, and decrease the amount of children in foster care. This is an answer I agree with.
Another adopted male that I asked, this one being 21 years old, said he does not agree with gays and lesbians raising children because he just doesn’t like gay people. When I asked why, he couldn’t give me an answer. Personally I think this is just a case of someone being scared of something they know little about.
In my own opinion, I think gay lesbian couples have every right in the world to adopt and/or raise children. I think that their children will grow up to be more loving, and more accepting of other people. I do however, think that there are still some kids (and adults) in our society that think being gay is wrong, and will make fun of children for having gay parents, even though it really has nothing to do with the child at all. This is unfortunate, and I don’t agree with it, but it’s just the way or society is. Thankfully people are becoming more and more accepting of gays and lesbians every day.
This is my opinion, and the opinions of a few other people about whether or not gay and lesbian couple should raise children. Feel free to leave your comments with your own opinions. Thanks for reading!