The American Psychological Association has repeatedly characterized homosexual parenting and traditional family parenting as having the same results and in some cases they have claimed homosexual--two men or two women "families," have better parenting results.
Of course there are exceptions, but the facts do not support their generalized claim.
Mark Regnerus, professor of sociology at University of Texas at Austin, has completed an exhaustive study of nearly 3000 randomly selected American young adults, looking at 40 measures of social, emotional and relationship outcomes and found that the APA claims are simply not true.
There are significant differences.
Among them, Regnerus found that when compared with adults raised in married, mother (female), father (male) families, adults raised by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of the 40 categories, while adults raised by homosexual fathers had negative outcomes in 19 of 40 categories.
A second study, which takes a critical look at the accuracy of the APA's position and how they got to their position, was also released this past week.
The Times reports the following:
The APA brief says, "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents," said Loren Marks, associate professor at the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University.
However, after looking at the 59 studies that undergird this assertion, "the jury is still out," Mr. Marks said. "The lack of high-quality data leaves the most significant questions [about gay parenting] unaddressed and unanswered."
Problems with the APA-cited studies were their tiny size; dependence on wealthy, white, well-educated lesbian mothers; and a failure to examine common outcomes for children, such as their education, employment and risks for poverty, criminality, early childbearing, substance abuse and suicide. Instead, the APA studies often looked at children's gender-role behaviors, emotional functioning and sexual identity.
Obviously the homosexual community is up in arms about this study. A firestorm of attack has been launched over the last few days, directed at the study, those who conducted the study and anyone who gives any credence to the study.
The study will be published in the July issue of "Social Science Research."
The study is particularly significant at this time in that the Supreme Court is poised to look at this issue as they consider whether the state has a compelling interest, such as child welfare, in limiting marriage to heterosexuals in the Prop. 8 California case.
Once again we find that things are not always as they seem---or as they have been fed to the general public---and to your kids in the class room.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Informed. Be Blessed.