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Cochran were able to determine that the sexual orientation of the people in this survey did not affect the quality of the relationship (Patterson 1053). The permanence of homosexual relationships has always been questionable since marriage is not permitted between homosexuals in many states. P. Blumstein and P. Schwartz conducted a research project that studied the rate at which homosexual and heterosexual couples stay together. They first looked at couples that have been together for 10 years and studied the breakup rates for eighteen months. They found that only 6% of lesbian couples separated, 4%of gay couples separated and 4% of heterosexual, married couples divorced within eighteen month period after those ten-years (Patterson 1054). Along with many assuming that homosexuals are not adequate parents, many assume as well that homosexuals should not be parents because their children will suffer from social stigma. 5
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6 Everyone throughout his or her childhood has or will be made fun of for one reason or another; it is a fact of life that cannot be avoided. Countless people will say that homosexuals should not be parents because their children will be made fun of for their parents’ sexual orientation. However, research done by Charlotte J, Patternson, proves that children with lesbian mothers have no abnormal experience with their peers and other adults in the children’s life agree to this as well (Pattereson 1060). In the past the Supreme Court has dealt with families where one parent has remarried someone of a different race and the child ended up being harassed (Schwartzreich 113). The Supreme Court soon dismissed this case by stating that, ‘The Constitution cannot control these prejudices but neither can it tolerate them. Private biases may be outside the reach of the law, but the law cannot, directly or indirectly, give them effect….’ (Schwartzreich 113). Schwartzreich goes on to prove that, “social stigma arguments should similarly fail in the case of homosexual parents since stigma arguments give legal effect to social prejudices” (Schwartzreich 113). People on the outside assume that homosexual parents adopt without thinking about the well being of the children that will be placed within a family that is considered different. This statement is beyond false. Goldburg author of Lesbian and Gay Parenting and Their Children states, “Van Dam (2004) found that over 75% of lesbian mothers worried that their children might experience harassment or teasing related to their parents’ sexual orientation (Goldburg 90). Along with this research: “Bennett (2033a) interviewed 15 lesbian couples who had adopted their children internationally and found that most women felt that their nontraditional family status would represent the greatest challenge for their children, even more so than
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their children’s racial/cultural minority status or the fact that they were adopted” (Goldburg 90).
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