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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Scientific Study Continued

National Review Online delved deeper into the study than Deseret News, which I discussed yesterday. I remind you that the previous studies on this topic were flawed, neither using representative populations of either homosexual couples raising children nor a representative population of heterosexual couples raising children as the control.  Is Gay Parenting Bad for the Kids? takes a deeper look at some of the results of the research which included 175 children raised by a mother in a lesbian relationship for at least some of their childhood, and 73 people raised by a father in a gay relationship for at least some of their childhood.
Regnerus found that children in the study rarely spent their entire childhoods in the households of their gay parent and partner. Only two of the 175 subjects who reported having a mother in a lesbian relationship spent their whole childhood with the couple, and no children studied spent their entire childhood with two gay males. The numbers drop off pretty sharply as time progressed, too: For example, 57 percent of children spent more than four months with lesbian parents, but only 23 percent spent more than three years.
In short, great unstability. We already know from other research that children don't often turn out as healthy and successful when given a tumultuous childhood. The results:
Children with a parent in a same-sex relationship “underperform” in almost every category. Some of these differences may be relatively benign — whether one voted in the last presidential election, for example — but most are decidedly not. One deficit is particularly worrying: Less than 2 percent of children from intact, biological families reported experiencing sexual abuse of some nature, but that figure for children of same-sex couples is 23 percent. Similarly disturbing is that 14 percent of children from same-sex couples have spent some time in foster care, compared with around 2 percent of the American population at large. Arrest, drug experimentation, and unemployment rates were all higher among children from same-sex families.
This doesn't identify cause and effect. The instability is obviously a problem, but the homosexual relationships of parents may be only a part of that instability. For example, how do these children raised by homosexuals compare to children raised by only single parents in and out of relationships? How do these children compare to those who are adopted or raised in foster care? There are those who would argue (as noted in this article) that these results may be an argument for homosexual marriage to increase stability for children raised by homosexuals, but the divorce rate is higher among homosexuals than for divorces from hetersexual marriage. The concluding sentence:
Put simply, if you want to give your children the best start in life, you should have children inside of wedlock and stay together for the duration. But then, we already knew that.
 Yes, we do already know that. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in particular know this. The doctrine of the family is fundamental in our religion.

1 comment:

  1. I read your comment over on the old WaPo article by Joanna Brooks, and I thought I'd pop over here and check out your blog.

    I have only glanced over a few of your posts, but you seem to be well spoken (written? ha ha) and you don't seem to be super radical, but I haven't read much yet. I like to hear conservatives who are not spouting all sorts of radical nonsense. And it sounds like (so far) you aren't. Especially the tone of this post. You bring up some additional questions that would be interesting to ask to give further insight into the same-sex marriage families question.

    I am interested to stick around and "check you out". My main blog is not political, but doctrinal; however, I do love a good political discussion! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog.