Sunday, June 17, 2012
Mike Butler: Same-sex parenting bad for kidsLabels: Mark Regnerus, Mike Butler, same-sex marriage
Regnerus found that only two of the 175 subjects who reported having a mother in a same-sex relationship spent their whole childhood with the couple, and no children studied spent their entire childhood with two homosexual males. Of that, 57 percent of children spent more than four months with lesbian parents, but only 23 percent spent more than three years.
Regnerus asked whether children who have parents in a same-sex relationship experience disadvantages when compared with children raised by their biological, married parents. The answer, a resounding yes.
Children with a parent in a same-sex relationship “under-perform” in almost every category; fewer 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.
A question that may be asked is whether this study was an analysis of homosexual parenting versus heterosexual parenting, or of childhood stability versus instability, since by definition, any child raised by two members of the same sex is going to be missing at least one of their biological parents and would probably have experienced some instability in moving from the biological parents to whatever arrangement replaced it.
The main takeaway from the data Regnerus revealed is that 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.
Source: Is Gay Parenting Bad for the Kids? http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/302319/gay-parenting-bad-kids-charles-c-w-cooke?pg=1
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