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Following this survey, S. Erich along with three other psychologists conducted a survey 3
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4 in 2005 about the functioning levels of adoptive children with homosexual parents. They found that these families functioned on an average level just like children with heterosexual parents (Averett 131). The last survey was lead by S. Ryan once more, but this time it is was to target the parenting styles of homosexual couples and the strengths of their children. S. Ryan was able to conclude that the children in this study were, “growing up in healthy families with strong capable parents which has resulted in the children themselves showing many areas of strength” (Averett 131). Having all of these studies done proves that there is no difference between dual-gender and homosexual parenting. Even with all of these studies being performed, court systems are still wary about allowing adoption rights for homosexuals. In a court case described in the book Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children written by Abbie E. Goldberg, the rights of a lesbian mother was taken away because the court system thought she was unfit: “Consider the famous court case of Sharon Bottoms, a lesbian living in Virginia with her son. In 1993, her mother, Kay Bottoms, who strongly disapproved of her daughter’s sexual orientation, filled for custody of her grandson. She was awarded custody on the bias of the court’s assumption that Sharon Bottom’s sexual orientation represented a threat to her son’s well-being” (Goldberg 110). The fact that the court system took Sharon Bottom’s son away all because of her sexual orientation is completely appalling. Many people also assume homosexuals are not the best role models or parents because they demonstrate a bad example of what relationships should be like. Because homosexuals cannot wed in many states, they are not able to exemplify a relationship that demonstrates ‘forever’, even though it is a common fact that almost half of heterosexual marriages end in divorce in today’s modern society. Through
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much research, there has been proof that homosexual relationships are just as strong if not stronger than heterosexual relationships. In a survey conducted in 1996, A. Peplau and D. Cochran found that 40 to 60% of gay men and 45 to 80% of lesbians are engrossed in a romantic relationship with someone of the same sex. These results may be a tad misleading because it was a survey conducted based off young adults who may not have settled down (Patterson 1053). In another study by A. Peplau and D. Cochran done in 1990 describes the functionality as well as their happiness level of homosexual versus heterosexual couples. The study was based off of 200 people, 50 people in each category, of lesbians, gay men, heterosexual women and heterosexual men. All of the lesbians and gay men reported back with having very satisfying relationships where they were completely happy with one another. After the duration of this study, A Peplau and D.
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