Are Homosexual and Heterosexual Parents Equal?
by cynthiachu on September 18, 2013 - 9:30pm
It has been a long time since the homosexual couples have fought for their rights and for the respect they deserve as individuals. Nowadays, many countries have legalized same-sex marriage and many places in the world have even developed a gay village. However, this path leading to equality does not please everyone. In Russia, for example, the government does not even recognize the same-sex couple parents as legit. What interested me about this title is that it wants to remove from a child the love of his parents.
In this article1, Alexei Zhuravlyov, a member of the President Putine, has strongly considered the fact of taking away the children from the homosexual parents. Consequently, that member has set up a draft law adding ‘’homosexuality’’ to the list of conditions allowing the government to take the custody of a child as same as drug use and child abuse cases. And apparently, there is a strong chance that the proposal may become a law.
What shocked me the most about this article was that in Soviet Russia and probably many other countries still consider homosexuality as a ‘’disease’’ that requires medical treatment or even a crime that deserves to be prosecuted. I do not think that the gender or the sexual orientation of a person may have anything to do with the education of a child. According to Benjamin Siegel and Ellen Perrin, professors of paediatrics2, the wellbeing of a child is more affected by the parents’ relationship, sense of competence, as well as social and economic support than their sexual orientation. Therefore, I do not think at all that, in a family, there needs to be both a female and a male figure. Times have change and the homosexual community certainly deserves the same rights and freedoms as heterosexuals.