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The Duggan-Tierneys are one of around 6, Australian same-sex couples with a child. As the debate over same-sex marriage in this country becomes increasingly hostile, gay parents are balancing the daily routines of playtime and homework with activism. Australians will soon vote in a national postal surveya nonbinding poll intended to help the government decide whether to press forward with legalizing same-sex marriage.
Civilized societies do not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, gender or sexuality, yet the denial of equal rights to gay couples is clear discrimination. Gay and heterosexual couples deserve the same legal rights to adopt. Anything less is pure inequality based on homophobia.
By health reporter Olivia Willis. Children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers, an Australian research analysis has found. It is discrimination, not same-sex parents, that harms children, according to a leading group of Australian paediatricians.
Same-sex marriage, barely on the political radar a decade ago, is a reality in America. How will it affect the well-being of children? Some observers worry that legalizing same-sex marriage would send the message that same-sex parenting and opposite-sex parenting are interchangeable, when in fact they may lead to different outcomes for children.
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Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples.
A man and a woman. A husband and wife in a stable relationship. Secondly, even if it was about parenting, multiple reviews of research in this area show a broad consensus that children with same-sex parents are no worse off than children with heterosexual parents.
C hildren have been frequently brought into the debate around legalisation of same-sex marriage. Some individuals have asserted that same-sex couples should not marry or have children, because they believe a child has a fundamental right to both a mother and father. Others suggest that same-sex parenting leads to children who have poor outcomes, or who are abused.