Over the years, research studies have debunked myths concerning same-sex couples and their children.
Take this 2010 study out of UVA, for example. It included 106 youngsters who were adopted at birth – 27 by lesbian couples, 29 by gay male couples and 50 by heterosexual couples. The researchers based the social development and psychological health of the children not only on observations of their parents, but on outside observers, including teachers and caregivers.
The inclusion of the children of gay male couples was groundbreaking, since most previous studies only included lesbian mothers.
UVA study leader Charlotte Patterson said the study suggests there is “No justification for denying lesbian and gay prospective adoptive parents the opportunity to adopt children.”