USA Today recently ran a short piece scientifically comparing gay parents to straight parents. Here is the article. A few highlights I found interesting:
1. It’s shameful that USA Today had to use a picture of a stereotypical gay couple from a TV show instead of a real family. In my opinion, it really shows USA Today’s inability to be realistic to this topic—instead of just portraying the topic through fiction.
2. In the year 2008, 31% of gay and lesbian couples were raising a child in comparison to 43% of straight couples.
3. From an adult psycho-social perspective, the quality of the parents does not differ with sexual orientation.
4. The one part of this article that my personal experience has shown to be different is that children of gay/lesbian couples are teased a lot more overall—especially because of their parents. I have teachers from all over the country calling/emailing me asking me how to curb this behavior, and how use it as a learning lesson on top of punishment. It’s a very real occurrence, and it’s something that shouldn’t just be written about like it’s not a big deal.
What are your thoughts about the article and its conclusions?