Is There a Scientific Consensus on Same-Sex Parenting? You bet there is!

by Doughlas Remy

Rick Fitzgibbons of NARTH (National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality)

Rick Fitzgibbons, who supplies the theoconservative website with a steady stream of anti-gay propaganda, begins a recent article about gay adoptions with these words:

The science shows that children are best served when raised by their biological mothers and fathers.

And it is on this completely false premise that he builds his shaky scaffolding of arguments against same-sex parenting. I was appalled that not a single commenter thought to challenge him on this. Fitzgibbons knows perfectly well that his claim is untrue, and yet he keeps advancing it.

How do I know he’s wrong? Here’s how:

Remember California’s Proposition 8 (overturning same-sex marriage in California) and Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling against it in 2010? His decision was reviewed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed it earlier this year while continuing a stay on the ruling pending further appeals.

What does this have to do with Fitzgibbons’ premise? For the answer, just view the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals update on case 10-16696 (“Proposition 8”). Then take a look at the hundreds of organizations that have filed or joined amicus briefs for and against Judge Walker’s ruling. You will notice that every major health and social care association in this country has joined the brief supporting California’s same-sex marriage law and urging the court to uphold Judge Walker’s decision. (See list below.)

The only health care organization appealing on behalf of Prop 8 is a right-wing splinter organization called the American College of Pediatricians, with an estimated membership of 60 to 200. It broke away from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has a membership of 60,000. The ACP has a purely ideological agenda and screens its members for their views on reproductive choice and same-sex parenting.

Here is the statement on the amicus brief joined by the health and social care organizations that I will list below:

There is no scientific basis for concluding that gay and lesbian parents are any less fit or capable than heterosexual parents, or that their children are any less psychologically healthy and well adjusted. The children of same-sex couples will benefit if their parents are allowed to marry.

Here is the list:

American Psychological Association

California Psychological Association

American Medical Association

American Psychiatric Association

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers, CA Chapter

American Sociological Association

American Academy of Pediatrics, CA

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Psychoanalytic Association

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Anthropological Association

What could be more conclusive? Claims that same-sex parenting is bad for children are based on junk science or no science at all. They are in fact outright lies and belong in the same trash bin as former tobacco-industry claims about smoking and fossil-fuels-industry claims about global warming. They are generally funded by right-wing organizations that have no scruples about misrepresenting scientific findings.


3 Responses to “Is There a Scientific Consensus on Same-Sex Parenting? You bet there is!”

  1. StraightGrandmother Says:

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  2. StraightGrandmother Says:

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  3. Frederick Says:

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    And that many/most/all of the “conservative” outfits that you feature on your site are also either sponsored by opus dei or very closely associated with it?

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    Plus Google Right Wing Watch – Harry & Lyndie Bradley Foundation

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