O'Brien, Tadgh
February 2005
Gay Community News;Feb2005, Issue 182, p16
This article discusses the rights of gay parents and their children in Ireland. Right now there are only a small number of same-sex couples who are raising children together in Ireland. The idea of gay people as parents is nothing new. The reality is, of course, that many gay people already have kids. Sadly in the not-too-distant past, homosexuality was suppressed to the point where it officially did not exist, and where it did it was treated as a disease, literally. Same sex couples co-parenting is set to become much more common in the future as new technologies emerge and social attitudes change. Areas such as surrogacy, sperm donation and artificial insemination are still largely unregulated in Ireland, but this is more likely down to a head-in-the-sand policy rather than an indication of how liberal the country is. INSETS: FAMILY ALTERNATIVES;PAUL'S STORY;CONCEPTION AND MISCONCEPTIONS;TODDY'¿S STORY


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