Position Statement: Co-Adoption of Children by Same Sex Couples
With spreading legal recognition of same-sex couples, issues relating to adopting children have been increasingly discussed. In countries where laws allow the joint or co-adoption of children by married couples, the issue centers on whether these laws extend to same-sex couples.
The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has laid out clear statements regarding support for the equality of rights regardless of sexual orientation in the document: Sexual Health for the Millennium. A Declaration and Technical Document (2008); as well as in the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (1999).
This position extends to issue of co-adoption of children by same-sex couples. If a law permits two people to jointly adopt a child, the genders or sexual orientations of those two people should not affect the rights to equal treatment under the law. Laws that explicitly prohibit or restrict co-adoption based on gender or sexual orientation should be considered as discriminatory.
Furthermore, no credible scientific evidence has been presented that demonstrates that same-sex couples are less able to provide necessary environments and appropriate parenting than heterosexual couples. Likewise, no credible evidence exists to suggest that sexual orientation is in any way associated with parenting skills.
The World Association for Sexual Health fully supports the ability of same-sex couples to co-adopt children under the same conditions as heterosexual couples.
September 4th is the World Sexual Health Day. Join the celebrations!
In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called all their organizations to celebrate, on each September 4th, World Sexual Health Day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe.
The first World Sexual Health Day was celebrated with the slogan “Let’s talk about it!” to start breaking fears and taboos surrounding sexuality. The topic of WSHD 2010 was addressed in different forums, many of which were intergenerational discussions.
World Sexual Health Day 2011 focused on youth sexual health with the slogan “Youth’s sexual health: Shared rights and responsibilities”. The topic of WSHD was a consequence of the creation of the WAS Youth Initiative and in the context of the International Year of Youth proclaimed by United Nations. Within WAS, the different members of the Advisory Committee and the Youth Initiative Committee celebrated the day by organizing a wide range of activities in their home countries, from Round Tables of Discussion to Conferences and Art Exhibitions.
The focus of World Sexual Health Day 2012 was diversity and minorities, with the slogan “In a diverse world, sexual health for all!” Around the world, activities to commemorate WSHD 2012 made visible the realities of population groups such as: elders, transgender people, people living with disabilities, immigrants.
This year’s slogan for WSHD “To achieve sexual health, picture yourself owning your sexual rights” aims to constitute a reminder on the fundamental importance that sexual rights have in order to achieve sexual health.
We invite everyone to imagine, to picture themselves owning their sexual rights!
New administration to be elected in Brazil
Consider participating as a member of the was advisory committee!
The Advisory Committee of the Association will be renewed this coming September during the General Assembly of the World Association for Sexual Health. If you belong to a member organization consider involving yourself in the day to day work of the Association, and its impact on the promotiosn of a sexually healthy world.