Editor's note: Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. He shares his thoughts on traditional marriage in "The Black Pulpit," a weekly series of opinion pieces that explores faith in the black community.
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Studies estimate that between 1 and 9 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is lesbian or gay. There are approximatelysame-sex partner households, according to the Census, and there are children living in approximately 27 percent of those households. It is difficult to obtain an accurate count of same-sex parent families because many lesbians and gay men are not open about their sexual orientation due to fears of discrimination, such as loss of employment, loss of child custody, and antigay violence.
This research paper reviews and synthesises Australian and international literature on same-sex parented families. It includes discussion of the different modes of conception or family formation, different family structures, and the small number of studies on bisexual and transgender parents. Particular attention is paid to research on the emotional, social and educational outcomes for children raised by lesbian and gay parents, and the methodological strengths and weaknesses of this body of work. Children may have been conceived in the context of previous heterosexual relationships, or raised from birth by a co-parenting gay or lesbian couple or single parent.
Concerns regarding same-sex marriage and the family are at the forefront of the controversies over legalization of same-sex marriage. In the United States, an estimated 1 million to 9 million children have at least one lesbian or gay parent. Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents.
With gay marriage recently becoming legal, many same-sex couples are deciding to adopt children and form a family. Recently, I watched a show with Neil Patrick Harris on it where he was discussing his famously adorable husband and children. This led me to wonder: What is it like for those children?
By Nan D. Hunter October This essay explores further changes that may lie ahead as same-sex marriage debates increasingly affect both family law and the social meanings of marriage.
By health reporter Olivia Willis. Children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers, an Australian research analysis has found. It is discrimination, not same-sex parents, that harms children, according to a leading group of Australian paediatricians. In a comprehensive review published today in the Medical Journal of Australia13 child and adolescent health experts from the Melbourne Children's found children raised in families with same-sex parents do "as well emotionally, socially and educationally" as children raised by heterosexual parents.
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