The Results Are In: Same-Sex Parents Are Still Good Parents

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Abigail is a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston. While she pursues her MA in electronic publishing and writing, she works as a freelance writer and editor and writes for the browser-based game, Alteil.


  1. If Rudd buys these numbers based on 500 couples and other skwed studies across the globe, he is foolish. Most participants in these studies are from higher socio-economic backgrounds. Children with more familiy protective factors usually fair well in self-esteem and family involvement scores. These studies do not factor in the middle to lower socio-economic individuals.

  2. I wonder how the researcher came to the conclusion that “health and family cohesion” were greater in gay and lesbian couples, when other studies have found they divorce at 50% and 167% greater rates than heterosexual couples.

    If this is true great but I’m a bit of a skeptic based on the below research.

  3. I didn’t see a link to the underlying research. While it is possible that the researchers chose to define family cohesion in such a manner that divorce rates play no factor in that determination, it would be hard to argue that self esteem, emotional behavior, and time spent with parents (the three factors called out in the article) are not impacted by divorce.

    As long as kids have loving stable homes, that is what most important. I would just like to hope that Australia has reliable, non agenda driven information before the government change policy. On the surface, this appears to not be consistent with previously published information.

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