World’s largest study on gay parents finds the kids are more than all right
According to preliminary findings from the world’s largest study on the issue, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or better than the children of straight parents on a number of key health and well-being indicators. (Not that it’s a competition or anything!)
Researchers at Melbourne University in Australia collected data on 500 children across the country and found that kids growing up in gay and straight families matched pretty equally when it came to self-esteem, emotional well-being and the amount of time they spent with parents; but when it came to overall health and family cohesion, the children of gay parents did even better than the national average.
It’s only the most obvious thing ever. For one thing gay couples don’t have very many unplanned pregnancies, so the odds are pretty good that they’re prepared, ready, and want to have children at the time they do have children.