First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage, right!? We’ll for many gay men, the pressure is on to add children to their newly formed and now many times legally recognized relationships. The subject is covered in a New York Times article titled: Male Couples Face Pressure to Fill Cradles. It has always been easier for female same sex couples to have children, but there is an increasing trend (and pressure, some feel) for male couples to add children to their families.
From the article:
Between 2000 and 2010, among same-sex couples raising children, the percentage of couples with adopted children increased to 20 percent from 9 percent, according to an analysis by Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Most same-sex couples with adopted children are lesbians, but gay men make up a growing share, accounting for nearly a third of such couples in 2010, up from a fifth in 2000.)
…But some gay men who have no plans to have children view the shift as something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, they welcome the sense of inclusion that comes with always being asked about children. On the other hand, they are always being asked about children.