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Homosexual parents do realize and worry about their children being made fun of because of their parents’ sexual orientation, however with the progression of society in the acceptance of homosexual parenting, this worry will hopefully vanish. With many of these stereotypes held about homosexual, there have been many bans on homosexual adoptions, but in addition there has been increasing acceptance over the years. Over the last decade, there has been an increase of homosexual couples wishing to adopt children. With so many people being opposed to homosexual parenting, some states have gone as far as making it impossible for homosexual couples to even attempt to adopt. Florida had a law that banned homosexuals to adopt children; this law was declared unconstitutional after three decades (Averett, 130). The statute stated that, “no person eligible to adopt under the statue may adopt if that person is homosexual” (Glazer 81). Along with Florida, Arkansas and Utah have prohibited any couple unmarried to adopt or foster children (Averett, 130). Being that homosexuals are not allowed to wed in most states, they are unable to adopt in Arkansas and Utah. Along with these states, Mississippi does not allow homosexual couples to adopt, but homosexuals that are single are permitted to (Averett, 130). New Hampshire also had a fifteen yearlong ban against homosexuals adopting, but was repealed recently because of children’s advocates’ protests (Averett, 130). Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan have also attempted to pass laws against homosexual adoptions. Though these three states were not able to pass their bills against gay parenting, those laws would have restricted gays and lesbians to adopt and even foster children (Matthews 324). The state of Oklahoma was successful in passing a 7
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8 bill that was slightly different against homosexual adoption. Under Oklahoma law, “same-sex adoptive parents are considered legal strangers to their children…” (Matthews 324). Since they are considered legal strangers, they wouldn’t be able to provide things like healthcare to their children. All of these states seem to believe these laws are completely reasonable, however, “many experts in the fields of child psychology and social work have agreed that there is no scientific evidence to support a gay and lesbian adoption ban” (Averett 130). Even with all of these bans, there are some states that are beginning to accept homosexuals to adopt children. John D. Matthews, writer of the article Envisaging the Adoption Process to Strengthen Gay- and Lesbian- Headed Families: Recommendations for Adoption Professionals, states that: The family court systems in 20 states and Washing D.C., have demonstrated an openness to same-sex parents in their rulings. Eleven of these states, however, have demonstrated an openness to adoption by gay and lesbian individuals, while only nine states and Washington D.C., have demonstrated an openness to adoption by couples. The majority of the 11 are located either in the northeastern United
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