Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Studies challenge favorable positions on gay parents; LCR makes a pitch for ENDA
Monday, Cheryl Wetzstein reported on the front page of The Washington Times on two studies that question previously held positions that children raised by same-sex couples do as well as those raised by married (opposite sex) parents, link here.
One study came University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus. The other study also came from “Social Science Research” and criticizes the parameters of an accept American Psychological Association report (I found an older link from 2004 here).
The studies maintain that the APA focused on higher income, usually female-couple families, which may be more stable for other demographic reasons (as in “The Kids Are All Right”). How many same-sex couples with children have lower incomes?
A basic policy question remains. In a society with many institutionalized and foster children, should adoption by same-sex couples be encouraged? Otherwise, many children might go without families at all. Another question: should birth surrogacy be encouraged from those who can afford it (Clay Aiken).
In another area, Log Cabin Republicans are reporting that “Americans are not “doing fine” without ENDA”, here.