A study has put an anti-gay myth to bed – by proving there is no difference between kids raised by same-sex couples and kids raised by straight couples. The findings, published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that children of lesbian couples conceived through sperm donation were no more likely to have physical or emotional problems than the children of straight couples. Researchers compared a group of twenty-five year-olds who had all been raised by same-sex couples to a sample of typical US twenty-five year-olds matched on sex, class, gender and ethnic background. They found that the cohort raised by same-sex couples were just as happy in their relationships with their friends and family as those raised by straight couples. The study’s lead author, Nanette Gartrell began recruiting prospective parents in 1987 to deal with a lack of research on the topic, which was needed by judges deciding on child adoption cases, reports the LA Times. Many of the study’s participants were initially reluctant to take part in the study, Gartrell added, because ” they were worried about having their kids taken away.” However, because of more relaxed social norms, the study could now begin to answer questions about the offspring of same-sex couples that previously had to be assumed said Gartrell. The study had previously assessed the children of same-sex couples at ages 10 and 17, and again found no difference between them and children of straight parents.
Study: Children of same-sex parents are as happy and healthy as children of straight parents
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