Monday, August 9, 2010

Brody's Notes... Fearmongering About Same-Sex Parenting- Refuted By Medical Consensus

By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 9 | On the August 8 broadcast of CBS' Face the Nation, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins dubiously claimed that "there is not conclusive evidence to suggest that children who grow up with two moms or two dads fare as well as children who grow up with a mom and a dad." 
According to independent medical & professional research, numerous studies over the last three decades consistently demonstrate that children raised by gay or lesbian parents exhibit the same level of emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as children raised by heterosexual parents.  This research indicates that optimal development for children is based not on the sexual orientation of the parents, but on stable attachments to committed and nurturing adults.  The research also shows that children who have two parents, regardless of the parents' sexual orientations, do better than children with only one parent. 
In a July 2004 research summary and resolution, the American Psychological Association Council stated: 
"There is no scientific basis for concluding that lesbian mothers or gay fathers are unfit parents on the basis of their sexual orientation," adding, "On the contrary, results of research suggest that lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children."
The American Psychoanalytic Association supports the position that the salient consideration in decisions about parenting, including conception, child rearing, adoption, visitation and custody is the best interest of the child:
"Accumulated evidence suggests the best interest of the child requires attachment to committed, nurturing and competent parents. Evaluation of an individual or couple for these parental qualities should be determined without prejudice regarding sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian individuals and couples are capable of meeting the best interest of the child and should be afforded the same rights and should accept the same responsibilities as heterosexual parents."


Trab said...

If the religious nut jobs want to insist on intervening in possible 'parental problems' they should insist on the removal of children from single parents. They seem to be the ones with more developmental issues than those kids raised by same sex parents.

All in all, it is the quality of the love and motivation given by the parent(s) that is the critical issue, not their orientation. Two bad parents can destroy a child just as well as one bad parent, and who the parents love has no bearing on that at all.