Saturday, June 23, 2012
Two studies released Sunday may act like brakes on popular social-science assertions that gay parents are the same as — or maybe better than — married mother-father parents.
“The empirical claim that no notable differences exist must go,” University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus said in his study in Social Science Research.
Using a “gold standard” data set of nearly 3,000 randomly selected American young adults, Mr. Regnerus looked at their lives on 40 measures of social, emotional and relationship outcomes.
He found that, when compared with adults raised in married, mother-father families, adults raised by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of 40 categories, while adults raised by gay fathers had negative outcomes in 19 categories.
Findings like these contradict claims that there are no differences between gay parenting and heterosexual, married parents, said Mr. Regnerus, who helped develop the New Family Structures Study at the University of Texas.
You can click on the link to read the story in the Washington Times. My point here is that we are constantly told gender and orientation does not and should not matter except in the claim that equal rights should be accorded to all regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Now we find out that the push for this position has been driven by ideology even more than the opposition to this view.
We are told parents are parents -- parenting is an androgynous role. We are told that children should be free to choose sexual orientation and that the role of family, society, and education is to allow them the freedom to choose and to experiment for themselves. We all heard the story of the Canadian couple raising a child without specific gender. Regardless of the theological issues involved, do we want to turn child rearing into a grand experiment where all ideas and ideals have equal weight and value except the "traditional" model of husband, wife, and their children?