Setting the Record Straight: No Adverse Effects on Kids Raised by Same-Sex Parents

The following paragraph appeared in a Washington Times editorial of October 28, 2009:

The value of marriage hasn’t just been proven by experience. Social science backs it as well. A large number of studies show children raised in a family with a mother and a father perform much better in everything in life, from school to staying away from a life of crime.

A large number of studies? Which ones? Where? has generously provided some research that refutes this claim. Here are their findings, in abbreviated form:

Chicago Tribune: “[W]ithin the research community there are no empirical studies demonstrating adverse effects.”

American Psychological Association: “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children of gay parents “fare as well” as those of straight parents.

National Association of Social Workers: “compelling” evidence that parenting is equal.

Child Welfare League of America: Children of gay parents are “just as likely to be healthy and well-adjusted.”


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