There is “no justification for denying lesbian and gay prospective adoptive parents the opportunity to adopt children.” So say the authors of a study published in the August issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science, titled, “Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?”
Researchers followed “preschool-age children adopted at birth by 27 lesbian couples, 29 gay male couples and 50 heterosexual couples,” and found that regardless of the sexual orientation of their parents, adopted boys and girls exhibited age-appropriate, “typical” behavior. One can infer from these findings that being raised by gays doesn’t make a child gay, which is most likely the concern of conservatives in Florida, Mississippi, Utah and Arkansas, where laws are either on the books or being proposed to prevent homosexuals from adopting children.
The Washington Post reports that while “numerous studies have affirmed the parenting skills of lesbian parents — less is known about the capabilities of gay male parents.” Indeed, the biological children of lesbian parents have been shown to rate higher in social and academic areas, according to the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, which also suggests lesbian moms raise teenagers who are less likely to break the rules or exhibit aggression. The teens in the film The Kids Are All Right are certainly typical and experiment with defiance, but the movie does capture the essence of the secure lesbian family as described in this research. Given that “one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child,” and “more than half of gay men” say they want to have a child, there should be ample opportunity to study what life is like for kids with two Dads.
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