John M. Becker

New Study: Children of Same-Sex Couples Do Better

Filed By John M. Becker | July 07, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Australia, children, gay marriage, gay parents, lesbian parents, LGBT families, Mark Regnerus, marriage equality, parenting, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting

Another major scientific study, this time from the University of Melbourne in Australia, validates same-sex parenting and repudiates the Religious Right's lie that children do best with a mother and a father. In fact, the study suggests that outcomes for the children of same-sex couples aren't equal to those of their opposite-sex counterparts, but better.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports:

In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing.

Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion.

"That's really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems that same-sex-parent families and the children in them are getting along well, and this has positive impacts on child health," Dr. Crouch said.

Crouch says that the greater degree of family cohesion in same-sex families likely results from the fact that gay and lesbian couples rely far less on outdated and stereotyped gender roles:

"Previous research has suggested that parenting roles and work roles, and home roles within same-sex parenting families are more equitably distributed when compared to heterosexual families," he said. "So what this means is that people take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes, which is mum staying home and looking after the kids and dad going out to earn money.

"What this leads to is a more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and wellbeing."

The most important take-away from his new study, Dr. Crouch concludes is that children can be raised successfully "in many different family contexts," and that arguments in favor of maintaining marriage discrimination for the sake of children don't stand up to scrutiny.

Take that, Mark Regnerus!

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