A person’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with a person’s ability to parent a child. Love, stability, patience, security, and time—these are the requirements for raising a child. Whether a person is heterosexual or homosexual --he/he or she/she or he/she have the ability to care and support a child.
In March 2012, a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicated that approximately 270,000 children are being raised by same sex couples.
Not a single study has found that children of gay or lesbian parents are disadvantaged in any respect in relation to children of heterosexual parents. Often the home environment enables children to be more adept in psychosocial growth.
There is no evidence to suggest that same sex parents have a determining influence on the sexual orientation of their children.
There certainly is a need for adoptive parents. Approximately, 130,000 children need homes today. Every state in the union allows single parent adoptions. Equate a single parent home with a two parent home—obviously; the winning family might be the one with two parents regardless of what sex is. One more person to love, take care of, and watch over the child makes much more sense. With a thorough background check of any family [same sex or heterosexual couple], that couple should be allowed to give a needy child a home.
If the same-sex couple lives in Arkansas, they can legally adopt a child. Next door, in Mississippi, it is prohibited by law for same sex adoption. Some states take it case by case. However, if a person is single, he would be able to adopt a child in any of the states. There is no logical reason for this situation.
According to Michael E. Lamb, chief of the section on social and emotional development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:
What evidence there is suggests there are no particular developmental or emotional deficits for children raised by gay or lesbian parents. . . . These kids look fine.
The legislature and courts need to think more about the children who need home and loving parents than about the sexual orientation of the couple.