Monday, July 26, 2010

University of Virginia Study Debunks Christianist Lies About Gay Parenting

In addition to a number of embarrassingly low attendance events on its cross-country bus trip campaign against gay marriage - several events, including the event in Indianapolis where the photo above was taken by a Bilerico Project contributor, have had less than a dozen or so pro-NOM attendees - the National Association for Marriage ("NOM") just suffered another humiliation. A new University of Virginia study has determined that children adopted and raised by lesbian and gay couples are thriving and progressing just as well as children being raised by heterosexual couples. So much for the constantly repeated disingenuous Christianist canard that children must have a "mother and father" in order to develop properly and thrive. Like just about everything else that spews from the mouth of Maggie Gallagher and her self-enriching cohorts at NOM, one of NOM's main platforms for opposing same sex marriage has once again proven to be a total lie. Oh, I forgot: Christianists deem themselves to be exempt from the Commandment against lying and bearing false witness. In any event, here are some highlights from the Staunton News Leader:
Should the sexual orientation of prospective adoptive parents be considered when placing children in adoptive homes? . . . In a sample of 106 adoptive children living in different parts of the United States, youngsters were developing well regardless of whether they were living with lesbian, gay or heterosexual parenting couples. The study found that whether or not adoptive children were developing in positive ways was unrelated to the sexual orientation of their adoptive parents.
"We found that children adopted by lesbian and gay couples are thriving," said U.Va. psychology professor Charlotte J. Patterson, who led the study. "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."
Using standardized assessment procedures, researchers found that parents and teachers agreed, on average, that the children were developing in typical ways. Measures of children's adjustment, as well as parenting practices and stress, were found to be unassociated with the parents' sexual orientation. And, regardless of their parents' sexual orientation, how well children were adjusted was significantly associated with how warmly their parents were oriented to them.

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