From the beginning of this blog to the end I have learned a lot on LGBT adoption and same sex marriage. I have also grown as a blogger and become more comfortable blogging on a regular basis. For this blog I have researched same sex adoption laws, adoption and foster care statistics, the effects of same sex parenting, same sex marriage laws, and the views of the presidential candidates on same sex adoption and marriage equality. When I started this blog I was pretty much sure that I was opposed to same sex marriage but supported same sex adoption because it would provide homes for foster care children that need it. However through the course of gathering more information on both sides of the issue and keeping this blog I have begun to open up on the idea of marriage equality. I’ve started to see that marriage equality would allow couples to love each other freely and legally join together as a couple and not necessarily increase or encourage same sex relationships.
Initially I didn’t have a clue about gay adoption laws and how difficult it is for same sex couples to adopt. Each state has different adoption laws and many are not clear on same sex adoption. But now I realize that same sex couples face harsh discrimination in the adoption process as well as in many other aspects of life.
Not only was I clueless about same sex adoption laws but I was I also knew nothing about the same sex marriage laws and how they vary in each state. I also found out that the U.S. passed the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman. I’ve also learned that politics is a lot of either choosing to completely support or oppose an issue and there is not much middle ground in between. With my topic there are definitely polar opposite sides such as GLAAD and AFA.
Also November is national adoption month and November 17th is national adoption day! Celebrate!