Same Sex Adoption In The United States

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Parents are role models for kids no matter what type of household they are from. Kids learn and follow in their parents footsteps. Same sex adoption is a very controversial subject. There are four states that have banned same-gender adoption. They are: Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Florida. Even Mitt Romney had an opinion on the subject according to New York Times, “that same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, but they should not be married because children should be raised by a mother and a father. By this statement Romney expresses the contradictory views on same gender parenting. Going off of Romney’s statement of wanting kids to have both a mother and father, even if the same sex, has many challenges for the family. For example if the family relocates from one state to…show more content…
Kearney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals was the first case of its kind in the country upholding a state legislative ban on same sex adoption. “Steven Lofton, an HIV+ foster parent and the ten year-old foster child he has raised since infancy, as well as Douglas Houghton and the ten year-old boy for whom he has been legal guardian for five years. The suit argues that the Florida law violates the federal constitutional right to equal protection and family integrity.” The trial case was dismissed and came to the conclusion that the law is inconsistent with both Florida’s other policies toward adoption and the best interests of children. The defendants filed a motion to strike the brief, arguing that the brief included information that was not part of the record. The court denied the motion. Finally the court scheduled the oral argument on March 4, 2003. The final ruling on January 28, 2004, concluded the Florida law preventing children from being adopted by gay or lesbian parents is constitutional. Florida uses this case “to continue to work to establish legislation – and protect such legislation from court challenges – to protect

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