With legal marriage just around the corner for gay New Yorkers, adoption agencies and lawyers are prepping for a surge in demand from newly married gay couples.
It’s already perfectly legal for gay and lesbian couples to adopt in New York. But some experts believe that having a marriage license will make many folks feel more comfortable and secure doing it. There’s no data yet on whether or not gay and lesbian couples are adopting more children in the five other state where gay marriage is legal. That won’t become available until the results of the 2010 census are published later this year.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that marriage leads to a feeling of security and family, which makes more gay couples confident in adopting a child.
The Associated Press reports on this phenomenon, quoting several gay parents talking about how their marriages provided the foundation they needed to start a family. From their article (hat tip to ParentDish):
“It’s sort of the next natural progression,” said Jonathan Truong of Brooklyn, who decided to adopt a boy after marrying his longtime partner, Ed Cowen, in Canada. “You have that feeling of wanting to be in a family.”
One Massachusetts adoption agency says they’ve seen an uptick of interest from gay couples since gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004. Currently, about 11 percent of the couples they work with are gay or lesbian.
Of course the AP article includes the obligatory messages from right-wing haters saying gay couples should not be allowed to adopt. Whatever. Haters gonna hate. I don’t think parents need to be married to raise great kids together, but if being married helps more gay couples feel secure enough to take the plunge and start a family, that seems like great news to me.
Will new legal gay marriages make you and your partner more likely to adopt? Does marriage affect how you feel about raising a family?