Same-sex marriage, barely on the political radar a decade ago, is a reality in America. How will it affect the well-being of children? Some observers worry that legalizing same-sex marriage would send the message that same-sex parenting and opposite-sex parenting are interchangeable, when in fact they may lead to different outcomes for children. To evaluate that concern, William Meezan and Jonathan Rauch review the growing body of research on how same-sex parenting affects children. After considering the methodological problems inherent in studying small, hard-to-locate populations--problems that have bedeviled this literature-the authors find that the children who have been studied are doing about as well as children normally do.
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Concerns regarding same-sex marriage and the family are at the forefront of the controversies over legalization of same-sex marriage. In the United States, an estimated 1 million to 9 million children have at least one lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, or queer parent. Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents. In , the American Academy of Pediatrics stated in Pediatrics :. Although it is sometimes asserted in policy debates that heterosexual couples are inherently better parents than same-sex couples, or that the children of lesbian or gay parents fare worse than children raised by heterosexual parents, those assertions find no support in the scientific research literature. When comparing the outcomes of different forms of parenting, it is critically important to make appropriate comparisons. Research in households with heterosexual parents generally indicates that — all else being equal — children do better with two parenting figures rather than just one.
The Debate Over Gay Marriage
After years of growing support for gay marriage at the state level, on June 26, , the U. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Prior to the ruling, 36 states and the District of Columbia authorized gay marriage. The favorable ruling from the Court compels all 50 states to do so.
Around 5, people gathered outside the Canadian Parliament today to protest against plans to legalize gay marriages, an increasingly controversial move that has badly split the ruling Liberal Party. Calgary's Roman Catholic bishop said last month that Mr Chretien was risking his eternal salvation. The protesters, many of them from the Chinese community, stood on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and waved banners with slogans such as "Do not validate a mad social engineering scheme" and "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Ottawa decided to act in June when an Ontario court threw out the heterosexual-only definition of marriage as unconstitutional. A court in British Columbia followed suit and Quebec courts are expected to make the same ruling soon.