One of the many objections given by opponents of same –sex marriage is that children need a mother and a father and that the children of gay parents will suffer from psychological harm. This argument was never properly substantiated and in court case after court case judges have rejected the claim.
Now a new Australian study looks at the largest sample of same-sex children and finds that they are in fact doing better than children in the population as a whole.
315 parents completed the survey (completion rate = 81%) representing 500 children. 80% of children had a female index parent while 18% had a male index parent. Children in same-sex parent families had higher scores on measures of general behavior, general health and family cohesion compared to population normative data… There were no significant differences between the two groups for all other scale scores.
But perceived stigma had negative correlations physical activity, mental health, and family cohesion. So any problems that the children of same-sex parents had was due to the negative attitudes of society at large creating a stigma
At the same time, two-thirds of the parents reported a perceived stigma on at least one issue tracked by the survey. These stigmas ranged from other people gossiping about an LGBT family to same-sex parents feeling excluded at social gatherings due to their sexual orientation.
Perceived stigmas were associated with worse scores for physical activity, mental health, family cohesion, and emotional outcomes. The stigmas, however, were not prevalent enough to negatively tilt the children’s outcomes in a comparison to outcomes across the general population.
So those who are vociferously opposing same-sex marriage supposedly on behalf of the children are the ones causing them harm.