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When a gay couple sought to adopt a boy- who had leukemia had been neglected by his biological parents had lived in five foster homes and whose adoption was favored by his legal representative- the judge deemed it not in the interest of a seven-year-old male child to be placed for adoption into the home of a pair of adult male homosexual loversUtne 58 Three years of searching for a qualified heterosexual couple failed This and many other similar cases have denied children a family by ignoring many qualified homosexuals With this being an age when people are supposedly more open-minded why is it that gays are treated this way just because of their sexual orientationMany Americans are still uncomfortable with the idea of gay parents The traditional family has always included a mother and a father However today more and more families are being headed by gay parents Some have children from previous marriages Many must use artificial insemination or surrogate mothers because it is extremely difficult for gays to adopt childrenAlthough it seems to contradict societys view of the traditional family homosexuals should be allowed to adopt because they deserve equal rights and sexual orientation is not a reasonable determining factor in the qualifications of a parent Also allowing them to adopt can actually help society Surveys suggest that a large majority of the American public generally favor anti-discrimination lawsHarris 2 Why then according to a Newsweek survey do only 36 of those surveyed think gay couples should have the right to adopt Samuel Chavers assistant general counsel for Children and Families says adoption is not a right its a privilege If this is true there is still not a rational basis for denying homosexuals the privilege to adopt It is clearly an anti-gay bias Although only two states specifically ban adoption by gays most states discourage it Just as blacks and women have fought for equal rights gays are
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