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View Poll Results: Should gays and lesbians be allowed to have children?
Yes 111 79.29%
No 27 19.29%
Unsure 2 1.43%
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:34 AM
 
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Should gays and lesbians be allowed to have children? I am refering to gay and lesbian couples, and not the gays and lesbians in opposite sex relationships.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:04 AM
 
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Yes, you might want to listen to Zach Wahls


Zach Wahls Speaks About Family - YouTube
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:06 AM
 
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What's it to you?
You don't get to control what other people do, OP.

It's none of your damned business what others do with their reproduction choices.
Ever.
At all.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:08 AM
 
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Should gays and lesbians be allowed to have children? I am refering to gay and lesbian couples, and not the gays and lesbians in opposite sex relationships.

Should people who would even ask a question like this be allowed to have children?



Just exactly how do you think you would even be able stop gay and lesbian people from having children anyway?
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:12 AM
 
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Not that this should even be necessary:

For those who are interested in evidence on gay and lesbian parents, (and not uneducated prejudiced personal opinions) here is a review of most of the research:

http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/parenting-full.pdf



American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP represents over 8,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists.)

"Current research shows that children with gay and lesbian parents do not differ from children with heterosexual parents in their emotional development or in their relationships with peers and adults. It is important for parents to understand that it is the quality of the parent/child relationship and not the parent’s sexual orientation that has an effect on a child’s development. Research has shown that in contrast to common beliefs, children of lesbian, gay, or transgender parents:
  • Are not more likely to be gay than children with heterosexual parents.
  • Are not more likely to be sexually abused.
  • Do not show differences in whether they think of themselves as male or female (gender identity).
  • Do not show differences in their male and female behaviors (gender role behavior)."

American Academy of Pediatrics: (represents over 60,000 Pediatricians)
"A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with 1 or 2 gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes."


American Psychological Association - Amicus Briefs on Gay and Lesbian Parenting.(The APA represents over 137,000 Psychologists)
"Overall, the belief that children of lesbian and gayparents suffer deficits in personal development has no empirical foundation.
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The results of some studies suggest that lesbian mothers' and gay fathers' parenting skills may be superior to those of matched heterosexual couples. For instance, Flaks, Fischer, Masterpasqua, and Joseph (1995) reported that lesbian couples' parenting awareness skills were stronger than those of heterosexual couples. This was attributed to greater parenting awareness among lesbian nonbiological mothers than among heterosexual fathers. In one study, Brewaeys and her colleagues (1997) likewise reported more favorable patterns of parent-child interaction among lesbian as compared to heterosexual parents, but in another, they found greater similarities (Vanfraussen, Ponjaert-Kristoffersen, & Brewaeys, 2003)."

From The Journal of Marriage and Family Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 3–22, February 2010
How Does the Gender of Parents Matter? - Biblarz - 2010 - Journal of Marriage and Family - Wiley Online Library
The entrenched conviction that children need both a mother and a father inflames culture wars over single motherhood, divorce, gay marriage, and gay parenting. Research to date, however, does not support this claim. Contrary to popular belief, studies have not shown that "compared to all other family forms, families headed by married, biological parents are best for children" (Popenoe, quoted in Center for Marriage and Family, p. 1).
Research has not identified any gender-exclusive parenting abilities (with the partial exception of lactation). Our analysis confirms an emerging consensus among prominent researchers of fathering and child development. The third edition of Lamb's (1997) authoritative anthology directly reversed the inaugural volume's premise when it concluded that "very little about the gender of the parent seems to be distinctly important" (p. 10). Likewise, in Fath-erneed, Pruett (2000), a prominent advocate of involved fathering, confided, "I also now realize that most of the enduring parental skills are probably, in the end, not dependent on gender" (p. 18).

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:02 AM
 
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How would you stop us? Mandatory sterilization?
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:08 AM
 
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What's it to you?
You don't get to control what other people do, OP.

It's none of your damned business what others do with their reproduction choices.
Ever.
At all.
I am stating that as it is a issue that would be much debated in federal politics in Washington soon. It is much discussed in French politics in the meantime due to the government allowing gay and lesibans to have children. In France a majority of people support gay and lesbian marriages but most don't support gay and lesbians to have children. I guess it would be the same for the US as well.

Maybe in time peoples views would change as after all 10 years ago most people in the US were anti gay marriage.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:09 AM
 
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Should gays and lesbians be allowed to have children? I am refering to gay and lesbian couples, and not the gays and lesbians in opposite sex relationships.

"Allowed" to have children? What do you advocate, forced sterilization?

And what do you mean it's an issue coming up in the Obama Administration?
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Children of a lesbian couple are actually showing a better cognitive and emotional development level tgen children of traditional family setups. Does that mean straight couples shouldn't have children?

Children in foster homes and adoptive situations would be far better in a loving relationship with homosexual parents then in the foster system.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:15 AM
 
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"Allowed" to have children? What do you advocate, forced sterilization?

And what do you mean it's an issue coming up in the Obama Administration?
Allow to have children in the sense of adopting or having children via surrogacy. It is likely that the Obama adminstration would follow France example and allow gay and lesbian marriages as well allowing them to have children via adoption or surrogacy.
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