Magazine article Variety

Research Finds No Big Gap between Kids of Gay or Straight Parents

Magazine article Variety

Research Finds No Big Gap between Kids of Gay or Straight Parents

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What kind of opposition do same-sex couples face when they try to adopt?

Only a handful of states put clear restrictions in the path of same-sex couples. Most of the time it's up to family court judges, and the standard is usually the best interest of the children. I think that's one reason why, in the U.S., general support for same-sex couples adopting has historically been higher than marriage for same-sex couples. And part of that is because in this country, people have seen same-sex couples with kids for a much longer period than they've seen samesex couples getting married, and they've become comfortable with the idea (of adoption).

How do researchers take into account the many factors that determine a child's well-being?

The majority of children being raised by same-sex couples are probably from different-sex relationships that one of the parents had. Because of that, those kids have probably had more family instability than, say, a typical kid (with) a different-sex married parent. And we know that family instability generally predicts worse outcomes for kids. As soon as (researchers) take into account this issue of family instability, the differences go away. The bulk of the research shows you just can't ftnd evidence that sexual orientation or gender composition of parents has any impact on a child's well-being. …

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