Do Gays Really Make Better Parents?

To the presumed chagrin of social conservatives, the soon-to-be-published results of a 20-year study on lesbian parents doesn’t show that their children are damaged. In fact, the children of lesbian parents tend to be better adjusted socially and more competent academically than the children of heterosexual couples. They also have fewer behavioral problems. Dr. Nanette Gartrell of UCLA Law School, one of the study’s authors, says it’s because lesbian parents tend to be more involved.

Part of me wants to say, “Anti-gay '70s crusader Anita Bryant should have been warning people about the dangers straight people pose to children.” But I think this perpetuates the fallacy that how good a parent you are depends in any way on your sexual orientation.

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