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Study Challenges Gay Parenting

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World — A new study by Mark Regenerus in the Social Science Journal challenges a notion that many already find untenable: Growing up in a homosexual household doesn’t carry significant disadvantages for children.

That’s what the American Psychological Association declared in 2005. By 2010, another pair of social scientists went further: Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz contended that lesbian households were better for children than heterosexual homes.

Sociologist Mark Regenerus was dubious. The University of Texas professor noted that research as recently as 2001 declared opposite findings. “Scientific truths are seldom reversed in a decade,” he said.

Regenerus conducted his own study and published the results in June. He used a far bigger sample than previous studies by randomly screening more than 15,000 Americans ages 18 to 39. Of that number, 175 said that their mothers had been in a same-sex romantic relationship, and 73 said the same about their fathers.

Researchers found that respondents with parents involved with homosexuality were more apt to report “being unemployed, less healthy, more depressed, more likely to have cheated on a spouse or partner, smoke more pot, had trouble with the law, report more male and female sex partners, more sexual victimization, and were more likely to reflect negatively on their childhood family life, among other things.”

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