I believe it is because My girlfriend and I have a 3 year old son and he shows no signs of being upset i any way that his mom and I are together and I believe if we were to be able to marry then there would be less confusion for our baby.
If both parents are men, both are women or there is one of each couldn't be less important. It's how the relationship and the family unit functions that matters. As long as there is love, happiness and mutual respect, the children will be healthy and happy. There are many dysfunctional heterosexual marriages. Being straight does not equal being a good parent.
What is in the best interest of the child is that the parents have a healthy relationship and put the needs of the child first. Regardless of whether a child is brought up by same-sex or different-sex parents, it comes down to parenting skills. I believe that a child who is raised by same-sex could be better off than those raised by heterosexual parents in terms of their social skills and outlook.
I don't think it really matters one way or another as to whether or not same sex marriage is in a child's best interest or not. I think that same sex parents who are married can be just as good of parents as a married couple who are of different sexes.
All a child needs is a loving and supportive family. They can easily have that with same sex parents. I hear people complain and say a child needs 2 parents, but once same sex parents comes into the conversation, they freak out. There are countless numbers of kids who need homes. I highly doubt that they would say no to a same sex home. Those kids deserve to be adopted and same sex parents deserve to have that option. I know gay couples that have been together longer than straight couples. One of them has a son. He turned out to be a nice gentleman and even served our country. Who are you to deny a child a happy, loving home?
We have to remember that children become preteens and preteens, teens. When they reach the age of sexual maturity they will have the notion that there should be no boundaries to sexuality. They may be more apt to believe that hey 'since daddy and daddy have sex together I can have sex with a boy too' they will also may believe too that because daddy and daddy says that some people have sex with the opposite sex I can do that too. Where are the limits. It is selfish for same sex couple to bring children around this sort of confusion. Our youth are already promiscuous and this will add more fuel to the fire. We must put our children above all. If this effects even just one child negatively I can not support it. Nature, God and biology answers this issue for you.
Children should have the right to be in a normal man and woman. It has been proven in studies. Children being raised in same-sex households which are not an optimum environment for raising children because children need both a mother and father. Girls who are raised apart from their fathers are reportedly at higher risk for early sexual activity and teenage pregnancy. Children without a mother are deprived of the emotional security and unique advice that mothers provide. An Apr. 2001 study published in American Sociological Review suggested that children with lesbian or gay parents are more likely to engage in homosexual behavior . In the 1997 book Growing up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development, Fiona Tasker, P, and Susan Golombok, PhD, observed that 25% of sampled young adults raised by lesbian mothers had engaged in a homoerotic relationship, compared to 0% of sampled young adults raised by heterosexual mothers.
As Professor Paul Amato of Penn State University notes in his critique of the study, published in the same issue, “The New Family Structures Study is probably the best that we can hope for, at least in the near future.”
According to NFSS, just 1.7 percent of young adults ages 18 to 39 reported having a parent who has had a same-sex romantic relationship. The experience of long-term stability in same-sex households is rarer still. Among those who reported having a mother who had a same-sex relationship, 91 percent said they lived with their mothers when they were in the relationship. Fifty-seven percent reported living with their mother and her partner for more than four months, and 23 percent for at least three years. Among young adults whose fathers had a same-sex relationship, 42 percent said they lived with them during the relationship; 24 percent said they lived with their fathers and fathers’ partners for more than four months; and less than 2 percent for at least three years.
Only two respondents whose mothers had a same-sex relationship reported that this living arrangement lasted all 18 years of their childhood. No respondents with fathers who had a same-sex relationship reported such longevity.
The NFSS surveyed young adult respondents about their own relationship history and quality, economic and employment status, health outcomes, abuse history, educational attainment, relationship with parents, psychological and emotional well-being, substance use, and sexual behaviors and outcomes.
Compared to young adults in traditional, intact families, young adults whose mothers had a same-sex relationship tended to fare worse than their peers in intact biological families on 24 of the 40 outcomes examined. For example, they were far more likely to report being sexually victimized, to be on welfare, or to be currently unemployed.
Young adults whose fathers had a same-sex relationship showed significant differences from their peers in intact families on 19 of the outcomes. For example, they were significantly more likely to have contemplated suicide, to have a sexually transmitted infection, or to have been forced to have sex against their will.