The University of Virginia studied 106 adoptive children of lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parenting couples. Their findings showed that positive childhood development was unrelated to the adoptive parents’ sexual orientation.
UVA psychology professor Charlotte J. Patterson spoke with the News Leader:
“We found that children adopted by lesbian and gay couples are thriving. Our results provide no justification for denying lesbian or gay prospective adoptive parents the opportunity to adopt children. With thousands of children in need of permanent homes in the United States alone, our findings suggest that outreach to lesbian and gay prospective adoptive parents might benefit children who are in need.”
Adoption laws state by state are available at the Human Rights Campaign. Complete findings appear in the journal of Applied Developmental Science.