Probably the most frequently used argument for prohibiting same-sex marriage is that gay people suck at raising kids (this was the primary argument used in the challenge to Kentucky’s gay marriage ban in which the Judge who ruled against the state said “these are not the arguments of serious people.”). However, the largest study of its kind has shown that, on the whole, children of gay couples actually do slightly better than children of straight couples.
It’s the rallying cry for opponents of same-sex marriage: “Every child deserves a mom or a dad.” But a major new study finds that kids raised by same-sex couples actually do a bit better “than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion.”
The study, conducted in Australia by University of Melbourne researchers “surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children.” The children in the study scored about six percent higher than Australian kids in the general population. The advantages held up “when controlling for a number sociodemographic factors such as parent education and household income.” The study was the largest of its kind in the world.The lead researcher, Dr. Simon Crouch, noted that in same-sex couples parents have to “take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes.” According to Crouch, this leads to a “more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and well being.”
The findings were in line with “existing international research undertaken with smaller sample sizes.”
Who could’ve seen that coming? I mean, besides pretty much every psychological expert on earth and everybody familiar with the research being done and the consensus of all the world’s major medical bodies. Who besides all of them could’ve seen that coming?
Another factor that wasn’t mentioned in the article is the fact that straight couples (or even single straight people) can sometimes find themselves with children for which they were not planning (see Bill Cassidy’s daughter). Gay people, on the other hand, only wind up raising children when they have determined they are ready and willing to do so. That makes a difference.