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*Same Sex Adoption

I am all for adoption by a loving family however that is constituted. And so is Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany. When two penguins refused to take care of their egg, constantly rolling it away, the zookeeper gave the egg to a gay couple, and the penguin fathers are doing a magnificent job of caring for the egg until it hatched and now are caring for the newborn.

Z and Vielpunkt, the two dads, are one of three gay penguin couples at the zoo, which constitutes 1/3 of the zoo’s penguin pairs. That is similar to zoo experiences in Japan and New York and to observations in the wild.

From the CBC:

Scientific observation has shown that most sexual encounters between giraffes are homosexual. Male bottlenose dolphin calves often form homosexual bonds and exhibit bisexual behaviour when they’re older. And female Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, form monogamous relationships with each other that last from days to weeks.

All of these behaviours have been observed in the wild and do not appear to have been influenced by a scarcity of available mates of the opposite sex.

Full story here.

There often seems to be a hierarchy in how our society, even liberal society, regards family: heterosexual birthparents first, adoptive heterosexual parents second, homosexual adoptive parents third, single parents or bio lesbian parents slotted somewhere in the middle (depending on biases). So, okay, better to have a good family lower down in the hierarchy than a bad one above, but hey we all know what’s ideal.

I don’t agree. There is nothing holy or sacred about genetic heritage or about male and female bonding. Good family is about taking care of a child and caring for a child: food, shelter, baths, education, nurturing, selflessness, empathy, flexibility, and above all appreciation for differences.

I would take Z and Vielpunkt for my parents in a snap.

H/T The Galloping Beaver

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Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “*Same Sex Adoption

  1. I saw this story too! I think parenting relationships should be considered from the eyes of the child. I cannot imagine any child making distinctions about who should provide the care, but the quality of the care provided is immensely, overwhelmingly important. That’s what matters.

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