New study shows children of same-sex parents do as well or better than peers

New study shows children of same-sex parents do as well or better than peers

A new study of 315 same-sex couples, mostly lesbians, and their 500 children disputes the claims of anti-gay marriage folks that same-sex couples can’t effectively raise children.

 In fact, in some ways, those children do better than their peers.

From Salon:

“We found that children from same-sex families scored, on average, 6 percent better on two key measures, general health and family cohesion, even when controlling for a number sociodemographic factors such as parent education and household income,” wrote lead researcher Simon Crouch. “But on most health measures, including emotional behaviour and physical functioning, there was no difference when compared with children from the general population.”

The finding same-sex couples make perfectly fine parents echoes plenty of other research to that effect. That their children appear in some ways to be at an advantage, the authors suggest, could have something to do with the way their parents don’t default to gender stereotypes, creating a “more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and well being.”

Those benefits were somewhat undercut, however, by the continued experience of stigma, which negatively impacted their mental and emotional well-being.

One of the biggest arguments against marriage equality by the haters is that “marriage is about children” and “children need both biological parents to thrive.”

This one study echoes the findings of several studies – that children do well in homes where they are well-cared for.  Period.

Read the study at this link.