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Gay parents just as capable as straight parents

There is no difference between gay and straight couples when it comes to being a parent, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the Universities of Oregon and Colorado examined 19,000 previous studies and articles between 1977 and 2013 on gay parents. These studies looked at the behavioural, educational and psychological outcomes in children of such couples.

Study co-author Ryan Light is a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He said his research identified an “overwhelming” consensus that there is “no difference in children who are raised by same-sex or different-sex parents”.

This view formed over the last few decades, he added. During the 1980s, scientists disagreed about the value of same-sex couples as parents but as more research was done it became clear by the year 2000 that there was no noticeable difference between such couples and their straight counterparts.

Light added:

“To our knowledge this is the most comprehensive analysis of this type on this issue”.

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  1. Nemo Momenti says:

    Presumably this research was conducted by gay researchers?

  2. Andrew says:

    I have no idea, but it was conducted by American researchers – like many of the studies which figure here – and the resulst may or may not translate accurately into UK social conditions.

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