Are gay parents better parents?

After discussing this topic in class, I became very interested in the advantages of having homosexual parents.  In class we discussed how there is more distribution of labor, more positive discipline, and less physical punishment.  I was curious to see what other results there might be.  I found that there was actually much more research than I had expected on the subject.

One of the most intriguing things I discovered was that not only is the parenting better, the overall development of the children has been found to be superior.  One source said, “[Studies] suggest that children with two lesbian mothers may have marginally better social competence than children in ‘traditional nuclear’ families.”  I thought this was pretty amazing.  Information like this has been effectively suppressed for so long.  My whole life I’ve heard people try to argue that quality of life would be much worse, but that’s just not the case.

Another study performed at the University of Southern California founds similar results.  They found that, “Children with lesbian or gay parents show more empathy for social diversity, are less confined by gender stereotypes.”  It really seems to be true that the quality of a child’s life can positively benefit, rather than be more challenging, when raised by gay parents.

Eric Harris


~ by ericharris on December 14, 2009.

3 Responses to “Are gay parents better parents?”

  1. I feel you might be a little overzealous in your post. I’ve now read both articles you’ve posted and I didn’t get the same feelings you did. Yes, there may be benefits but I disagree that this information has been repressed for a long time, and in the world we live in it is pretty clear that there in fact would be many obsticles and problems with the quality of life for these children. This is not a widely accepted practice and could cause tremendous social issues for the child. Basically it is going to depend on where you are raised. And I’m not sure where you got the fact that the parenting is better and that the child development was superior. There was not enough information here. This is a small study and hasn’t given us very much, least enough to say that the parenting is better and the children are superior. I agree that the child could develop normally and lead a good life.

    5. Teen-age and young adult girls raised by lesbian mothers appear to be more sexually adventurous and less chaste than girls raised by heterosexual mothers. Sons, on the other hand, were somewhat less sexually adventurous and more chaste than boys raised by heterosexuals.

  2. By the way, that last #5 statement is absolutely ridiculous. Is that supposed to be a good thing? Getting teenage girls out there pregnant, miserable and in broken homes. That is exactly where it leads and I’m not sure why this is listed, as though it is positive. These Lesbian mothers set no boundaries for their children in many cases in fear of surpressing their freedoms and causing resentment.

  3. I agree with Eric in that such would be parenting geared toward a more socially accepting and tolerant environment. Kudos.

    #5.. I don’t get it..

    Kellie Gibson

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