Are the Kids Really Alright?

Posted By on October 14, 2014

Editor’s Note: You’ll probably get a headache reading this and the headache is case in point. We’re looking in the wrong place for answers (science), going to great lengths to do so, and as always looking at data after the fact. After the damage is done. Don’t be confused by the swap of terms, ‘data’ for ‘consequences.’ It is no surprise that we are saying, “We’re having a hard time recognizing the consequences of our actions.” We’ve failed to look to scripture from the start, which tells us what the outcome of all this will be.

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There can be no more contentious issue in sociology than whether same-sex couples do as good a job raising kids as married biological parents. As state after state in the US opens the door to same-sex marriage, judge after judge has affirmed the “no difference” thesis. The kids are OK. Occasionally a social science study even finds that kids do better when they grow up with gay parents.

The sentiments of California Judge Vaughn Walker, in his 2012 decision overturning Proposition 8, have been repeated numerous by judges ruling in favour of same-sex marriage:

“Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology.”

Beyond serious debate? That’s a big call. A big bluff, even.

Not long afterwards a sociologist at the University of Texas Austin, Mark Regnerus, collected data from 3,000 adults in a project called the New Family Structures Study. After some complicated number-crunching, he found that adults whose parents had a same-sex relationship have lower educational attainment than adults who grew up with both married biological parents. They were also more likely to be welfare recipients, experience depression, smoke, and be arrested.

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