Soon Gay Men Will Be Able To Have Kids Entirely On Their Own

By: Daniel Villarreal
10.9.2012

Until now, any gay couple wanting a baby has had to accept the fact that only one of them can pass on their genetic attributes to their child—quite a hard decision to make!

But that's about to change, thanks to a recent medical breakthrough from researchers at the Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences.

The usual baby-making process requires a male sperm cell and a female egg cell to create a viable fetus. But since men only make sperm, gay men have had to decide whose sperm to use, leaving one partner entirely out of the child's genetic makeup.

However, The Guardian Express explains how male gay couples may soon be able to create sperm and egg cells, each representing each man's genetic makeup:

"The embryonic stem cells used in the study were a different kind of stem cell than we are used to hearing about. When we think of stem cells, we think of umbilical cord stem cells. But this differing type of stem cell, referred to as Induced pluripotent stem cells, can be obtained from the skin cells of a mouse, and a human as well..."

"Let us not forget same sex couples. This discovery could also lead to gay men in same sex relationships having the ability to create an offspring completely from just the 2 donors DNA. Skin cells from one of the men can be used to create the egg, and sperm, or sperm created from the skin cells of the other man can be used to fertilize the egg in-vitro, only leaving the surrogate uterus for implantation question on the table.

Right now, successful testing has only occurred in mice. But considering that advanced genome mapping could one day allow couples to pre-determine their child's sex, hair color and predisposition to disease, it's entirely probable that gay couples will soon find themselves with the opportunity to create designer children entirely of their own making—how very Brave New World.

But taking a more positive outlook, this medical breakthrough could also end child custody and adoption laws that currently require gay couples to determine a "biological parent," leaving the other to navigate a labyrinth of red-tape just to claim ownership and guardian's rights over their own kids.

If the same-sex marriage battle remains unresolved for decades to come — God forbid — the medical breakthrough could also squash anti-gay arguments about how gay couples cannot procreate and help establish a modern biological basis for family.

After all, if a child has the DNA of two committed same-sexed adults, then those adults are undeniably the child's biological parents and worthy of the same rights and protections afforded other parents, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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