With more and more same-sex couples adopting and parenting children, this question is getting harder and harder to answer.
Many people are divided when it comes to their beliefs about gay adoption and parenting. Gay parenting may also be affected by the results the Marriage Amendment vote coming up in November, making this issue a hot topic in Minnesota right now.
Opponents of gay parenting argue that children raised by same-sex couples do not have role models of both sexes in their lives. While it is true that one sex will not be as prevalent in the home as the other, there is nothing to say that a child can't have a role model other than a mother or father. No matter who raises a child, there will always be members of both sexes in the child's life. It does not seem to matter whether or not a child is raised by a heterosexual couple or a homosexual couple. Research indicates that gay parents are as likely as straight parents to provide a stable and supportive growing environment for children. The sexual orientation of the parents does not matter nearly as much as their ability to be good parents. The things that really matter when raising a child are love and support, things people of any sexual orientation are able to give.
There are always more orphaned children in the world than parents willing to adopt them. Any loving couple who wish to adopt a child should not be barred from doing so. A family, whether with heterosexual or homosexual parents, is better than the foster-care system.