On my post Two Lesbians Raised a Child and This Is What They Got… I cited a study that claimed a “disproportionate percentage—29 percent—of the adult children of homosexual parents had been specifically subjected to sexual molestation by that homosexual parent, compared to only 0.6 percent of adult children of heterosexual parents having reported sexual relations with their parent…. Having a homosexual parent(s) appears to increase the risk of incest with a parent by a factor of about 50″ (P. Cameron and K. Cameron, “Homosexual Parents,” Adolescence 31 (1996): 772.).
What has been brought to my attention is that the statistic was based on a study group of only 17, which is nowhere near enough to be considered as a legitimate claim. I apologize for not being aware of this, and have removed the statistic.
This issue of inaccurate claims is a characteristic of the gay parenting studies in general, on both sides of the debate. In a study published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, P. Belcastro et al. reviewed fourteen studies on homosexual parenting according to accepted scientific standards. Their “most impressive finding” was that “all of the studies lacked external validity. The conclusion that there are no significant differences in children raised by lesbian mothers versus heterosexual mothers is not supported by the published research data base.”P. A. Belcastro et al., “A Review of Data Based Studies Addressing the Affects of Homosexual Parenting on Children’s Sexual and Social Functioning,” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 20 (1993): 105, 106.
In general, we do not have definitive statistics on the effects of gay parenting. What we do know, however, and what has confirmed time and time again by excellent, peer-reviewed research is how absolutely essential it is for a child to be raised by a mother and a father. This is why I am against gay marriage. I apologize for responding to the video before I made it absolutely clear why I am against gay marriage, and I will run through all my reasons in my next post.