Studies show gay parents are like other parents

Previous studies have shown that homosexual adoptive parents are not harmful to the development of the adopted children. What is evident from the research about homosexual parenting is that further studies must be done. At the very least it seems homosexual parents are no better or worse on their effect on children than their heterosexual counterparts.

“At least 4 million U.S. children have one or both parents who identify themselves as homosexual, said Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, but long-term studies are still limited.

Sociologists Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz published an analysis in 2001 in the American Sociological Review of 21 studies of children raised by homosexual parents and found that, overall, they were no more likely to suffer from psychological problems than kids raised in conventional homes.

“There was a very strong consensus that kids turned out about the same,” Stacey said.

Ultimately, their findings were generally endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and other mainstream organizations.

Peter Sprigg, a vice president at the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy organization, points to decades of research that examines children of divorce. The evidence overwhelmingly concludes children do better in a two-parent, heterosexual home, he said. “Homosexual-headed households are lacking in stability, . . . and children are more likely to suffer from all the problems that are related to an unstable home.”

Social scientists do raise issues about the methodology of any studies on the subject—arguing that the field is too young, the samples too small and the variables too many to obtain reliable data.

The bottom line is that within the research community there are no empirical studies demonstrating adverse effects, said Stacey, who is now at New York University. “We know that a parent’s sexual orientation is not a significant factor. A good parent is a good parent, . . . and parents who get along and are consistent in their child-rearing . . . have better outcomes than those who don’t.”

chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-gay-parents-18feb18,0,1806366.story

No comment at all after all the talk on same-sex marriage? Here’s some homosexual folks who are married! Or at least biological parents.

Their kids don’t seem worse off for it.

So what is it that you’re looking for? A debate over whether or not adults who violate God’s law against homosexuality should be parents? I’d like to comment but some things are just so ridiculas that they don’t deserve the time. God bless.

If you read the article it is not about anyone sinning, but folks who learned they are gay and raised their kids. Wasn’t **** Gephardt’s daughter in that position? She was married and a mother when she announced she was a lesbian.

Sex outside of marriage is a sin. The status of being a homosexual is not sinful in itself. As ridiculous as that may seem.

I don’t think that anyone has said that being homosexual is a sin. :confused: :shrug: It is homosexual sex activity that is the sin. Plenty of people have same-sex attractions but do not choose to indulge in them.

The distinction between gay/straight is not a clear-cut distinction for all gay people. It is a continuum for some. Some same-sex attracted people never even continue with their same-sex attractions. Others struggle with them for life. Take people in prisons. Many people who normally participate in heterosexual sex activity begin participating in homosexual sex during prison. Take Ancient Greece, same sex male activity was widespread and common. Men slept with the sons of their colleagues. Scholars such as Plato wrote about the nature of male love in books such as the Symposium. Greek Gods such as Zeus had legends where they raped adolescent boys, such as the Rape of Ganymede.

If you read Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaisim Rejected Homosexuality catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0003.html you hear the thesis presented that it is not the human norm to limit sexual activity. Laws against incest and homosexual sex activity are a product of Judeo-Christian moral law. The radical change of Christianity was changing sexual concept from penetrator/penetrated to male/female.

Not only homosexual sex activity. Many of the ancient rulers used to sleep with their relatives. Queen Cleopatra was accused of sleeping with her brother. Excerpt from the article above:

The gods of virtually all civilizations engaged in sexual relations. In the Near East, the Babylonian god Ishtar seduced a man, Gilgamesh, the Babylonian hero. In Egyptian religion, the god Osiris had sexual relations with his sister, the goddess Isis, and she conceived the god Horus. In Canaan, El, the chief god, had sex with Asherah. In Hindu belief, the god Krishna was sexually active, having had many wives and pursuing Radha; the god Samba, son of Krishna, seduced mortal women and men. In Greek beliefs, Zeus married Hera, chased women, abducted the beautiful young male, Ganymede, and masturbated at other times; Poseidon married Amphritrite, pursued Demeter, and raped Tantalus. In Rome, the gods sexually pursued both men and women.

Even the Bible talks about the Judean kings Asa needing to put male temple prostitutes outside of the land.

What is scary is that you might see the breakdown of Judeo-Christianity in the Western world returning us to our primitive customs. For example, in the Netherlands incest is legal as long as the child is over age 18. I once read (did not verify if this was true) that 65% of the female prostitutes in the Netherlands are products of incest.

Perhaps there isn’t much discussion because of fairly recent discussions on the same topic:

forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=309106

forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=285352&highlight=studies

It is not ridiculous at all. As long as they do not engage in aberrant
sexual behavior (which includes homosexual ‘sex’) then they are not living in a state of sin. Now, if they try to convince that the homosexual lifestyle is anything but aberrant then they are practicing child abuse. God clearly intended that families be headed by a man and a woman.

I guess you understand that kids who have homosexual biological or adoptive parents have the same % of being homosexuals as the general public? If those gay parents are trying to convince them to be gay it ain’t working.

acpeds.org/?CONTEXT=art&cat=22&art=50
American College of Pediatricians

Homosexual Parenting: Is It Time For Change?

Are children reared by two individuals of the same gender as well adjusted as children reared in families with a mother and a father? Until recently the unequivocal answer to this question was “no.” Policymakers, social scientists, the media, and even physician organizations1, however, are now asserting that prohibitions on parenting by homosexual couples should be lifted. In making such far-reaching, generation-changing assertions, any responsible advocate would rely upon supporting evidence that is comprehensive and conclusive. Not only is this not the situation, but also there is sound evidence that children exposed to the homosexual lifestyle may be at increased risk for emotional, mental, and even physical harm.

Research data

Heterosexual parenting is the normative model upon which most comprehensive longitudinal research on childrearing has been based. Data on long-term outcomes for children placed in homosexual households are very limited and the available evidence reveals grave concerns. Those current studies that appear to indicate neutral to favorable results from homosexual parenting have critical flaws such as non-longitudinal design, inadequate sample size, biased sample selection, lack of proper controls, and failure to account for confounding variables.2,3,4 Childrearing studies have consistently indicated that children are more likely to thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically in a home with two heterosexual parents versus a home with a single parent. 5,6,7,8,9 Therefore, the burden is on the proponents of homosexual parenting to prove that moving further away from the heterosexual parenting model is appropriate and safe for children.

Risks of Homosexual Lifestyle to Children

Violence among homosexual partners is two to three times more common than among married heterosexual couples. 10,11,12,13,14 Homosexual partnerships are significantly more prone to dissolution than heterosexual marriages with the average homosexual relationship lasting only two to three years. 15,16,17 Homosexual men and women are reported to be inordinately promiscuous involving serial sex partners, even within what are loosely-termed “committed relationships.” 18,19,20,21,22 Individuals who practice a homosexual lifestyle are more likely than heterosexuals to experience mental illness,23,24,25 substance abuse,26 suicidal tendencies,27,28 and shortened life spans.29 Although some would claim that these dysfunctions are a result of societal pressures in America, the same dysfunctions exist at inordinately high levels among homosexuals in cultures were the practice is more widely accepted.30 Children reared in homosexual households are more likely to experience sexual confusion, practice homosexual behavior, and engage in sexual experimentation. 31,32,33,34,35 Adolescents and young adults who adopt the homosexual lifestyle, like their adult counterparts, are at increased risk of mental health problems, including major depression, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, substance dependence, and especially suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.36

Conclusion

The research literature on childrearing by homosexual parents is limited. The environment in which children are reared is absolutely critical to their development. Given the current body of research, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or by reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best available science.

January 22, 2004

The American College of Pediatricians is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. The mission of the College is “to enable all children to reach their optimal, physical and emotional health and well-being.” We promote “a society where all children from the moment of their conception are valued unselfishly.” The College further notes, “that children are the future of our nation and society. As such, they deserve to be reared in the best possible family environment and supported by physicians committed to ensuring their optimal health and well-being.”

Related Links:
Marriage Rights for Homosexual Couples: Not Best for Children

Homosexuality, Gender Disorders, and Children

ENDNOTES

1 American Academy of Pediatrics, “Co parent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents,” Pediatrics. 109(2002): 339-340.

Someone else has mentioned this article on another topic.

Would you expect anything else from the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), when it turns out it was founded by departees from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and created because of their opposition to homosexual parenting?

The ACPeds is to AAP, as NARTH is to APA, the American Psychological Association.

Basically, ACPeds and NARTH are fringe organizations, created in opposition to the normalization of homosexuality. Everything they do will have this preamble hiding somewhere in the background.

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