Monday, June 11, 2012

Study examining gay parents sparks debate

Would recommend you read the full article and draw your own conclusions. I am probably predisposed to thinking that, with much of the gay stigma still out there, that that alone would effect children in some ways. My guess is that if gay households were compared with "wards of the state" upbringing, the gay household would win handily. However, this study seems to show some adverse effect compared to that of heterosexual homes.

Excerpt: Young adults from broken homes in which a parent had had a same-sex relationship reported modestly more psychological and social problems in their current lives than peers from other families that had experienced divorce and other disruptions, a new study has found, stirring bitter debate among partisans on gay marriage. 

The study counted parents as gay or lesbian by asking participants whether their parents had ever had a same-sex relationship; the parents may not have identified themselves as gay or lesbian. Gay-rights groups attacked the study, financed by conservative foundations, as biased and poorly done even before its publication on Sunday in the journal Social Science Research. 

But outside experts, by and large, said the research was rigorous, providing some of the best data yet comparing outcomes for adult children with a gay parent with those with heterosexual parents. But they also said the findings were not particularly relevant to the current debate over gay marriage or gay parenting. 

Read full NYT article here.

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