New research shows children raised by same-sex couples do better in school than children raised by opposite-sex couples.
The Washington Post reports:
Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists.
The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than children raised by different-sex couples.
Pink News notes that researchers who wrote the paper titled “School Outcomes of Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from Administrative Panel Data,” report the following:
Our findings indicate that children particularly benefit from same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples if the couple is cohabiting rather than married…
Further, we also find that children from same-sex couples continue to outperform children from opposite-sex couples in secondary education. Our results suggest that children from same-sex couples are 6.7 percent more likely to graduate than children from opposite-sex couples.
The study was conducted by economists Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof de Witte, and Sofie Cabus of Belgian university KU Leuven, and “used government data tracking all children born in the Netherlands since 1995.”
The original research was presented at the American Economic Association conference in Atlanta in January.
Commenting on his work, and his findings, researcher Mazrekaj opined:
It is difficult for same-sex couples to obtain children, so they have to have a high socioeconomic status. Research shows that socio-economic status positively influences the school outcome of children.
In their groundbreaking paper researchers explain:
Our results mostly support the selection approach stating that given the time-consuming and costly procedures for same-sex couples to obtain children, same-sex parents typically have a high socioeconomic status resulting in higher parental investment.
The fact that children raised by same-sex parents are academically successful should come as no surprise. Given the social stigma and obstacles often faced by same-sex couples desiring to be parents, it only stands to reason that same-sex couples who must plan for and want children are often better equipped to be parents than heterosexual parents who often produce children via unplanned pregnancy.
Indeed, it seems the take away from this study is that children are likely to be more successful if they are planned for and wanted. Full stop.
Bottom line: Contradicting years of anti-gay Christian propaganda, new research shows children raised by same-sex couples do better in school than children raised by more traditional opposite-sex couples.