Barnardo’s is a British charity founded in 1866, to care for vulnerable children and young people. Now it’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said there is no room for prejudice as a survey showed one in three people think gay couples will make worse parents than those in heterosexual relationships. Society’s attitude must be changed to increase the chances of the 64,000 children in the care system finding the secure, loving and stable homes that they desperately need, she said. “The idea that gay parents are second best must be challenged,” Ms Carrie said.
“To suggest that a same-sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple is at once absurd and unsubstantiated. To continue to discourage potential adopters simply because of their sexual orientation is severely diminishing the chances of securing loving, stable homes for the children who are waiting.
“This debate needs to be urgently raised and myths surrounding how sexuality, race, marital status and gender can affect your parenting dispelled.”