Children Raised by Gay Parents Thrive

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Children Raised by Gay Parents Thrive


Children raised by gay parents thrive

This is in response to Charles Glomski's June 30 letter, "Heterosexual unions better for children."

Mr. Glomski's assertion that children are happier and better off in heterosexual households is incorrect. Children who grow up with gay or lesbian parents are no different in terms of self-esteem, well-being, peer relationships, behavior, gender identity or parental stress. Extensive studies have found that children of same-sex couples may have an advantage because they become less aggressive, more nurturing and more tolerant of diversity.

But wait, it gets better! Gay parents with children tend to be more motivated and committed than the average heterosexual parents because they choose to have children; there are no accidental pregnancies for gay people. This means that they are also financially prepared to start a family.

The most positive point about same-sex parents is that they often adopt children who would have had a tough time finding a good home. Unlike straight parents, gay parents often choose to adopt children who are older or a minority. They are giving a chance to children who may have otherwise been stuck in the foster care system for the majority of their childhood. These facts come from WebMD.com and livescience.com -- I didn't make them up.

Melanie Marks

Schaumburg

Letter writer did not understand taxes

In a letter published July 18, Marcie Leonard wants the Village of Elk Grove to cease special events due to an increase in her tax bill. Unfortunately, Ms. Leonard does not seem to fully understand her tax bill, which may be true of many other property taxpayers. …

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