Scottish legislation allows unmarried and gay people to apply for adoption
Filed under: Adoption
Just came across this piece featured in the London Times discussing the concept of gay people adopting children. A bill was recently passed in Scotland that allows unmarried and single-sex couples to apply for adoption.
There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding this legislation as some religious and political leaders decry the bill as a "violation" of traditional family life.
It's amazing how some people feel they are qualifed enough to tell the rest of the world that their view of "traditional" family life is what they believe, and anything that deviates from it is considered "immoral."
What's "immoral" to me is the practice of denying people who may not fit into the "traditional" lifestyle from adopting needy children deserving of a loving home. We don't live in an "Ozzie and Harriet" world and that just because a family might have two mommies or two daddies or one single parent doesn't mean these people can't be wonderful parents.
I applaud the Adoption and Children Bill that was passed in Scotland, and hope this will be a template for other countries to follow.