Civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples were established in the country in , giving them many of the same rights as married heterosexuals - but not the right to adopt children. During her election campaign in , Merkel said she was "not sure" about the effects of gay adoption on children. However, at a public forum hosted by magazine Brigitte this week, the Chancellor said a lesbian constituent's invitation to visit the home where she and her partner were fostering eight children had forced her to question her outlook. While acceptance of same-sex relationships and marriage have undergone a steep rise in popularity in recent years, same-sex adoption and parenting remain a sticking point for many. A poll in showed a significant proportion of those swept along by the "marriage for all" movement harboured lingering doubts when it comes to gay couples exercising what many still consider the fundamental outcome of marriage - starting a family together.
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Family is love. We assist in many LGBTQ adoptions and have been honored to help hundreds of wonderful couples fulfill their dream of becoming parents. Same-sex adoption statistics suggest that more and more gay couples are adopting. In fact, same-sex couples are four times more likely to be raising an adopted child and six times more likely to be raising foster children than heterosexual couples. Today, 4 percent of adopted children and 3 percent of foster children are raised by gay and lesbian parents, and 2 million more LGBTQ individuals are interested in adopting.
That's about fifteen percent of the total number of kids in the foster care system. For ages people have been against homosexual adoption because they think only heterosexuals should be able to adopt children. Fortunately, as of June , homosexual adoption is legal in all fifty states.