For my English coursework, I chose to argue this topic for my discursive essay. (It got full marks. Yes, I am wonderful, thank you
My opinion is yes, they should be allowed to adopt.
While researching for my essay, I was shocked to discover that single gay people can adopt without any trouble, but a gay couple cannot. Why on earth is this? It sounds like the system is trying to stamp down on homosexuality; either live your life alone without a partner, "become" straight, or forget any hopes of raising children! One of the main escuses given for gay couples not allowing to adopt, is that some feel it would be an "unstable" home for children to be brought up in...surely a home with two parents, gay or not, would be more stable than one who is being prevented from finding a partner?
I fail to see the logic in banning the masses of gay couples willing and able to adop children, when there are so many out there alone, parentless, and who are moved from temporary home to temporary home. Until there is some stable evidence to say that all gay couples are a bad influence on children and are incapable parents, I can't see any reason to stop them raising a child.
Yes there are some reasons against them adopting, which have been mentioned on this thread, but they aren't good enough reasons to deny them their right. There's the fact that the children could be teased at school; but so would children who have overweight parents, or parents of a different religion or race than the majority of children at that school, but I have yet to hear of overweight people being told to lose weight before adopting.
As for the theroy that every child needs two parents and they should consist of a male and a female, there hasn't been any evidence of single parents rasing mentally or physically unstable children; if there was, their right to adoption would have been questioned a long time ago.
The list goes on and on...a pile of feeble excuses, all of which are based on ignorant opinons and which are no where near strong enough to deny any gay couple the right to adopt.
The ban will be lifted soon enough, and people years from now will look back on our time and think of our system as shocking and disgusting; just like the majority of us look back on Victorian times and view their treatment of women as a disgrace. It'll just take time, like every other problem in this world which is being prevented from being solved due to prejudiced and narrow minded views.