Conservatives are abuzz over a new study by University of Texas at Austin associate sociology professor Mark Regnerus that purports to claim children of straight married parents do better on a number of social, emotional and relationship outcomes than the children of same-sex parents. Homophobic groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Family Research Council and Texas Eagle Forum are trumpeting the study as proof of the dangers of gay parenting.
In reality, the study is fatally flawed in its methodology and cannot make any accurate conclusions about same-sex parenting.
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The bottom line is the study is not about same-sex parenting. The study did not compare married gay parents to married straight parents. The study does demonstrate the need for stability in a home environment in order to provide the best possible outcomes for children. The children in this study (now 18 to 39 years old) were not afforded that stability because same-sex couples were not allowed to marry in the past.
We can agree with the study's findings that stability and a loving environment are critically important in the upbringing of children. That is all the more reason to support marriage equality for same-sex couples.
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