to give every child a loving home regardless of a parent's sexual orientation

The world is full of children in need of stable loving homes. The United States is not unique in this assessment. According to the Child Welfare League of America, as of 2003, there were 542,000 children in the foster care system waiting and eligiable to be adopted.

However, many states throughout the U.S. have refused to legalize same-sex adoption, preventing many children and homosexual individuals the ability to create loving homes together.

Currently, throughout the U.S., only 9 states have legalized gay adoption: California, Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts. 5 states throughout the U.S. have a complete ban on gay adoption: Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Utah. The other 36 states allow some form of gay adoption.

Furthermore, the American Psychiatric Association claims that “research over the past 30 years has consistently demonstrated that children raised by gay or lesbian parent’s exhibit the same level of emotional, cognitive, social and sexual functioning as children raised by heterosexual parents."

1. Gay adoption should be legalized

2. An individual's ability to parent is NOT determined by their sexual preference and thus, should not be treated as such by the courts

3. No individual, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation should be denied inherent human rights