A study published earlier this month has reaffirmed the idea that same-sex parents are just as good at raising kids as heterosexual couples.
Led by Jimi Adams, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and published this month in Social Science Research, the study aimed to counter arguments used against same-sex marriage as it went before the Supreme Court.
“As same-sex marriage has been debated in courts across the country, there has been the lingering question about the effects of same-sex parenting on children,” explained Adams in a Science Daily story. “I wanted to analyze the research from the past decades to determine if there was consensus amongst researchers about that effect. I found overwhelming evidence that scientists agree that there is not a negative impact to children of same-sex couples.”
The study looked through previous peer-reviewed articles referencing same-sex parenting dating back decades. By the early 90′s they began to find a pattern, and by 2000, they found the research overwhelming positive.
“Determining the extent of consensus has become a key aspect of how social science evidence and testimony is accepted by the courts,” reads an abstract from the study, available here. It stressed how temporal patterns in citation networks were used to inform the question of LGBTQ parenting.
“Patterns of clustering within these citation networks reveal whether and when consensus arises within a scientific field,” read the study. “We find that the literature on outcomes for children of same-sex parents is marked by scientific consensus that they experience “no differences” compared to children from other parental configurations.”
Opponents of same-sex marriage have long argued that having two moms or two dads is an inferior experience to different sex parents.
“Opposite sex parenting gives children examples of both masculinity and femininity in action,” wrote Bryan Fisher, a Christian advocate and host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio on American Family Radio. ”The complementary interaction of these qualities enables them to grow up with a healthy and balanced view of life and relationships.”
The Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states last week.