Gay and Lesbian Parents

 I think I mentioned that I was going to speak on the topic of same-sex parenting in Mississippi to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s Integrity group on 3/23 at 6 p.m.  More on that topic……..

The Public Policy Research Portal at Columbia Law School identified 79 scholarly articles in search of authentic academic work on the subject of the well-being of children raised by gay or lesbian parents.  Seventy-five (75) of these concluded that children of gay or lesbian parents fare no worse than other children.  Columbia’s policy research institute concluded that the “research forms an overwhelming scholarly consensus, based on over three (3) decades of peer-reviewed research, that having a gay or lesbian parent does not harm a child.

Nadia Kounang at CNN reached the same conclusion after evaluating a study in the Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics which reached a statistical judgment that children or same-sex parents are just as healthy emotionally and physically as the children of different-sex parents.  The journal is joined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which issued a policy statement which supports access for all children to (1) civil marriage rights for their parents and  (2) willing and capable foster and adoptive parents, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation.  The Academy of Pediatrics supports families in all their diversity, because “the family has always been the basic social unit in which children develop the supporting and nurturing relationships with adults that they need to thrive.”

And in South Carolina last month, a federal district judge ruled that same sex parents must be listed on a child’s birth certificate.  The case is Carson v. Heigel.

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