Jack & Jill or Jack & Bill: The Case for Same-Sex Adoption
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 168, 2009
6 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2011
Date Written: 2009
An increasing number of same-sex couples are raising children in Australia. Although there are a number of ways for same-sex couples to become parents – including heterosexual intercourse and assisted conception procedures – adoption is denied to same-sex couples in many Australian jurisdictions. For same-sex couples, adoption (either in the form of non-relative adoption or step-parent/second parent adoption) is a crucial and significant avenue for family formation. Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples decide to adopt children for numerous reasons including medical infertility, social infertility, and (most importantly) the desire to provide a child with a loving and nurturing environment. For male same-sex couples, who have limited alternatives for achieving parentage, the adoption process presents a particularly attractive pathway to parenting. There is now a large body of research that indicates that same-sex couples parent as well as heterosexual couples. Once it is accepted that same-sex couples are suitable parents, there is no reason to discriminate against them in relation to the way they become parents.
Keywords: Same-Sex Adoption, Same-Sex Families, Adoption Laws
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K3, K30, K39
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