Of the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 have children
In 2014, approximately 37,800 male same-sex couples in the United States had children, most through gestational surrogacy. Little is known about the reasons these couples have for choosing this technique to have a child. A study has now been published (see HERE) that has evaluated the reasons why same-sex couples choose surrogacy.
Most do so because of the genetic links established. Just over half of fathers (55.74%) were satisfied with surrogacy. All this is apart from the objective ethical difficulties that surrogacy entails.
Men with children
There is one group whose incomes are far above the rest: same-sex “married” men with children. Their income is rough $275,000, more than double the pretax income for heterosexual couples and same-sex married female couples with children. This is a select group of people for whom the cost of children is particularly high. Using a surrogate can cost $250,000, and adoptions can cost upward of $30,000.
Of all the ART available to intending parents, surrogacy is arguably the most controversial (Jadva, 2016). Only 19 states in the USA currently allow commercial gestational surrogacy to married same-sex couples and in 15 states it is practiced because no statute or published case law prohibits it (Creative Family Connection, 2016).
Source: Bioethics Observatory.
This article was originally published by the Bioethics Observatory of the Catholic University of Valencia.