The proposition is simple. Should children be adopted by a gay couple?
A High Court ruling that a ban on gay and unmarried couples adopting children in NI is unlawful, is to be challenged by Health Minister Edwin Poots. At present a single gay or lesbian person can adopt but a couple in a civil partnership cannot. Earlier on Thursday, Mr Justice Treacy said the ban discriminated against those in civil partnerships and breached their right to family life.
I agree with Poots for once and entirely disagree with Treacy and his judgement.
I do not believe that it is appropriate for children to be adopted by a gay couple. Whilst I do not dispute that a gay couple can provide a loving environment – I am sure they stand as much a chance of doing so as a hetero couple – the fact remains that children should have a Dad and a Mum…..not Two Dads or Two Mums. The dynamic is wrong, the ethics questionable and the consequences worrying. On Mother’s Day, who gets the card? There are plenty of hetero couples who can provide a loving home and it would be better that the law was altered in order to make this desirable outcome more likely.