The study concludes that family structure (i.e. same-sex parents vs. opposite-sex parents) isn’t as important to child development as “family processes” like stress, parenting styles, relationship satisfaction and the parents’ mental health.
The American Psychological Association came to the same conclusion back in 2004, declaring, “Lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children.”
While it’s true that the social stigma against same-sex relationships can increase harmful factors on their whole families like stress and mental illness, same-sex couples do have one advantage over straight couples: their children are, for the most part, planned and wanted. If a same-sex couple wants a child, they usually have to go through a long in-vitro fertilization process or pass an adoption screening. A heterosexual couples, on the other hand, can have a child accidentally.
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