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Hungary's Move To Ban Same-Sex Adoption Is Needless

Armand Yazdani

Posted on December 21, 2020 21:38

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Barring most same-sex couples from adopting children will be both counterproductive for children who need to be adopted and for those couples.


Hungary opted to ban same-sex couples from adopting children on Dec. 15, a move made by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's conservatively hardline government. Although gay marriage is illegal in Hungary, same-sex couples were able to adopt a child if one person applied for a child. But Hungary’s newest decision quashes that, with very few expectations made. Orban’s government should reverse its decision, not only because it’s immoral but also because it’s impractical. 

Preventing same-sex couples from adopting children is unproductive for society. Barring this community or any community in general from adopting means fewer children will be adopted. And the prevention of same-sex couples from adopting will also hurt minority groups who are often adopted. Children of Roma descent, in particular, comprise the majority of adoptions in Hungary, according to Children’s House International Adoptions. Barring more people from adopting will lead to fewer Roma children being raised in safe and loving homes. 

There’s also little to no rationale for preventing same-sex couples from adopting children. Some studies have suggested that children of homosexual couples fare worse than heterosexual ones, such as a  New Family Structures Study by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus which surveyed 15,000 participants aged 18 to 39. Critics of same-sex adoption cite the study’s findings such as the fact the 69% of children from lesbian parents reported their parents receiving public assistance versus 17% from straight parent families. However this study, among others, was funded by conservative organizations such as the Witherspoon Institute and Bradley Foundation. A critique by Professors Brian Powell of Indiana University and Simon Cheng of University of Connecticut lambasted the study for unreliable and inconsistent cases in the NFSS’s data. They found that Regnerus had misclassed many participants as having lived in same-sex households, although they hardly did. Nearly one-third of the respondents reported never or hardly living with their same-sex parents, according to the critique. Conversely, a study by the University of Oxford and Maastricht University found that children of same-sex parents performed better in both primary and secondary education. The study of 2,971 children of same-sex couples tracked the children born between 1998 and 2007, following their educational record until 2019. Data on the differences between traditional couples and same-sex ones therefore clashes, and shouldn’t be used to bar gay couples from adopting. 

Hungary’s decision to bar same-sex couples from adopting children is both immoral and unproductive. Preventing an entire group from adopting means far fewer children will be adopted, particularly the Roma and other minorities. Above all, there is a lack of clear evidence that same-sex couples are unable to properly raise children. Hungary’s new law isn’t progressive; it’s thoroughly regressive.

Armand Yazdani

Posted on December 21, 2020 21:38

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