Homosexual couples can love children the way heterosexual couples do; but children need more than love. They need the unique qualities and complementary natures of a father and a mother. The wisdom of thousands years and advanced researches conclude that the ideal marital and parental configuration is composed of one man and one woman.
All else being equal, children do best when raised by a married father and mother. They are more likely to have a healthy development – psychologically, mentally, and physically. The differences of men and women provide lifelong benefits to children that cannot be duplicated by same-sex “legal” parents acting out different gender roles or attempting to substitute for the missing male or female role model in the home. Fathers and mothers are simply not interchangeable. Furthermore, children raised by homosexual parents are more likely to experiment with sex, experience sexual confusion, and engage in homosexual and bisexual behavior themselves.
We empathize with homosexuals who long to be married and raise children and who yearn for social and legal recognition of their unions. However, we cannot allow our compassion for them to surpass our compassion for children. Same-sex marriage harms those who are most vulnerable – namely, the children. Pope Francis wrote: “At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God.” In another occasion, he talked about “the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.” We only want what is in the best interest of the children. Let us respect and protect their rights.
(Reference: Same-Sex Marriage is Harmful to Children by Trayce Hansen (licensed psychologist); A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights by Dawn Stefanowicz; Letter of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Carmelite Nuns of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (June 22, 2010); Address of Pope Francis to Members of the International Catholic Child Bureau (April 11, 2014)