Same sex parenting

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Newsline 6.30 to discuss the issue of same sex parenting.

You can view the article and interview on YouTube by
clicking here or BBC News website.

The key issue in relation to same sex parenting is, of course, what's best for the child.

Instead of saying that gay people aren't good parents the focus should be on addressing the homophobia in society that dissuades many good gay people from bringing up children.

Gay parents are just as good as straight parents.

Barnados do not exclude adopters on grounds of race, gender, age or sexual orientation. Barnardo's policy for some years has been to assess all potential adopters or foster carers exclusively on their ability to provide a loving, stable and secure childhood for a child, or children, who are often disadvantaged and sometimes have had an inadequate upbringing.

American Psychological Association stated in 2004;

“there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation: lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children".

Wednesday 16 July 2008