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.