In the 1980’s, as the gay pride movement took off, gay couples began to conceive or adopt children. This has recently caused controversy in our country with concerns that these children are raised at a disadvantage and will not be raised properly or will be raised to be gay as well, a fact that upsets some people. However, most studies that have been conducted on children raised by gay parents have found that they turn out no better or worse than children from traditional families according to several factors including friendships, self-esteem, behavior, academic achievements, and family relationships.

According to the 2000 census, there were 163,879 households with children being raised by same-sex couples. That number is said to have climbed from between 1 and 9 million children. The minority and low-income families in this group especially have children who were born from a heterosexual couple who had a parent come out later in their life. These children are not considered in studies arguing against gay parenting. These experts say that children who grow up with a father around do better in life. They also fail to consider children of same-sex parent families and merely account for children of single parent families whose parents are commended for being able to raise their children on their own. In the end, shouldn’t the number of parents be more significant than the gender of the parents? As long as the kids are safe and generally happy there should be no reason to worry about their well being.

About 67 studies have been conducted by the American Psychological Association, focusing on children of gay parents. Each of these studies proved that children do the same no matter which environment they grow up in. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with these findings. Also, only 6 percent of these families have children that are actually adopted. Most are of the group who had a parent come out after they were conceived. Of course, children raised by gay parents also get their share of criticism and taunting by people around them.

On the other hand, they are known to be individuals who are sensitive to the discrimination of all groups because they have been discriminated against as well. Once

society evolves into a more understanding group like these children, the taunting may begin to dissipate and topics like this will no longer need to be addressed.

For related articles visit http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07161/793042-51.stm and http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec05/kids.html.

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