Sunday, November 8, 2009

Are Same-Sex Couples Better Parents?

11/06/09 NY Times Motherlode: Adventures In Parenting:
It is striking ... how comparatively rarely children are mentioned as an argument in favor of gay marriage. The issue is framed as a debate over equality and justice, of personal freedom and the relation of church and state, not about what is good for kids ... In most ways, the accumulated research shows, children of same-sex parents are not markedly different from those of heterosexual parents ... More enlightening than the similarities, however, are the differences, the most striking of which is that these children tend to be less conventional and more flexible when it comes to gender roles and assumptions than those raised in more traditional families.

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