According to a psychologist testifying in the federal case challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, same-sex parents are just as good as their mixed-gender counterparts. That’s not just one man’s opinion, however. It’s the finding of more than a hundred studies on the subject and the official opinion of the American Psychological Association and seven other professional organizations. And based on my own personal experiences, I have to agree.
Michael Lamb, chairman of the department of social and developmental psychology at Cambridge University in England, noted that studies consistently show that “children who are raised by gay and lesbian parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted.” Lamb, who has been researching child development for nearly 40 years, added that “no research shows that kids need to be protected from gays or lesbians,” one of the claims made by those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also refuted the idea that genetic parents are necessarily better; according to the research, they’re not.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for the group Protect Marriage, which supports Proposition 8, rebutted Lamb’s testimony by calling him a “committed liberal” and noting that he was a member of or had contributed to such groups as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization for Women, and the Public Broadcasting System. Because we all know how un-American and anti-parent Sesame Street is.
The long and the short of it is that what makes a good parent is patience, love, and dedication, not sexual preference.