A child raised by a homosexial household is likely to be the subject of bullying by school children I would imagine. It's not the fault of the child nor his/her family. It's just the way society is right now. Hopefully, as time progresses homophobia would be stamped out completely but at the moment it's where it's at. I doubt it's always detrimental but it can be.
If every child has to be raised by a homosexual couple, then the parental image he is going to adopt is that of two males, not at all a male and a female. Thus, the child will imitate and would certainly choose someone of his own sex. This means that there won't be any children in the future.
Have a look at this:
For those not so interested in reading the whole article, here are a few points.
Specifically in regards to lesbian parents, (they accounted for 71% of the same-sex couples surveyed) their children:
Are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance
Are more than 3 times more likely to be unemployed
Are nearly 4 times more likely to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual
Are an astonishing 10 times more likely to have been "touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver."
Are nearly 4 times as likely to have been "physically forced" to have sex against their will
Are more likely to have "attachment" problems related to the ability to depend on others
Use marijuana more frequently
Smoke more frequently
Watch TV for long periods more frequently
Have more often pled guilty to a non-minor offense
In addition, children of same-sex parents in general:
Are much more likely to have received welfare (IBF 17%; LM 69%; GF 57%)
Have lower educational attainment
Report less safety and security in their family of origin
Report more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin
Are more likely to suffer from depression
Have been arrested more often
If they are female, have had more sexual partners--both male and female
Now, my intent here is not to bash homosexuals - not in the least. This study, however, seems to show that there *are* differences between children raised by homosexual or heterosexual parents.
There really isn't. It's not a handicap to the child, and it may even be beneficial. When a same-sex couple adopts a child, it is because they absolutely want and will love and care for the child. There are no 'accidents' in same-sex marriages. These parents are 100% committed to raising the child. If it weren't for society telling the children that the parents they've known their whole lives aren't normal, the child wouldn't know the difference, and they might not ever complain. Society is the one who damages the integrity of same-sex marriage partners adopting, not the partners themselves.
To make a long argument short, absolutely not. There are no detrimental effects, and the only reason why this would even be examined as a opinionated topic is because of religious reasons, which is not a solid case whatsoever. Plain and simply, there are no studies that show how such a couple could negatively impact a childs life.
If a child is adopted into a homosexual family, it doesn't truly effect their development. Not only can two males or two females raise a child/children, but despite there being only a single gender, children develop into their own personality. In fact, the only effect of a child being raised by homosexual parents is a sympathy towards homosexuals. Others may argue that children need female AND male role models. However, children do not only look to their parents as idols. These can be found in anyone (hopefully not that pedophile down the street), from a teacher to an athlete.
There's no wrong in being raised by two moms or two dads. The "fear" is that kids will be more masculine or more feminine when they're raised by two dads or two moms because they have no father or a mother figure. However that's very similar to being raised by single parents.
I can debunk any myths concerning the masculinity and the femininity of the child. My cousin was raised by my single aunt ever since he was three months old. Now, he's in the high school basketball team, an active gamer, and weight-lifts, all male-dominated interests. The only difference is that he treats girls with the utmost respect, unlike some men these days, because he's had a female authority figure his entire life.
I strongly believe that a child could be better off in a homosexual household. For one thing, gay couples can't have accidents, leaving for them to choose whether they will have a child efficiently. Parents are not as great when it comes to parenting when they have unplanned children. Gay parents are statistically more educated and more financially stable than hetero parents.