Gay Couples Adopting Cons

Child's benefits
Additional inheritance rights and
childsupport rights
Could receive survivor benefits from social security if the
new parent dies
Eligible for health care benefits of the new legal
parent, depending on the health insurance policy
Parent's benefits
Start a family of own
Provide a family unit for an
orphaned or disadvantaged child
Society's benefits
Increases the pool of couples who
are able to adopt
Move more children out of the
child welfare system into a stable
Reduces the financial burden to taxpayers
powerful resource for children in
need of adoption
Better for child than foster care
Child's drawbacks
Unnatural upbringing
Distorted view of a minority sexuality
Example: A girl brought up by two men
would fail to benefit from a feminine
influence; and vice versa for boy
Children need role models of both sexes
Placing a child too young to have an opinion of
their own in the care of a gay couple exposes them
to prejudice
Parent's drawbacks
Can't provide opposite sex "role modeling"
Often face various kinds of
discrimination; their child could
face similar issues
Society's drawbacks
A range of negative attitudes and feelings towards
homosexuality and people who are identified as or
perceived as being homosexual
Define: unreasoning fear of or antipathy
toward homosexuals and
Referring to refer to preconceived
judgments toward people or a person
because of sexual orientation
Beliefs without knowledge of the facts and may
include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually
resistant to rational influence."
Define: an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed
beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or
People identify themselves and others with
different groups, which gives them the
satisfaction of being safe and belonging
Gays/Lesbians adopted child may be
stereotyped as "gay/Lesbian" because of their
Child could be "labeled"
Made fun of, teased, bullied, etc.