With the recent legalization of gay marriage and the near-unanimous acceptance of gay adoption throughout the country, it is becoming increasingly unpopular to claim that the redefinition of marriage and the move away from the " traditional family" can have a negative impact on the wider society. But earlier today, Christian Headlines did exactly that.
In a controversial article, they claimed that despite the narrative pushed by academia and the mainstream media, there is increasing evidence to suggest that same-sex parenting can have a negative effect on children.
In particular, they point to an article published last month by professor Paul Sullins at the Catholic University of America. Sullins discovered that children with same-sex parents often suffer from emotional problems far more severely — up to two to three times as often — as children raised by opposite-sex parents.
Sullins' article suggests that children raised by same-sex parents have increased risk of certain harms, including depression and sexual abuse. The article also suggests some methodological mistakes in popular studies that claim there is "no difference" in the psychological well-being of children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents.
Unsurprisingly, the American Psychological Association still insists that it makes "no difference" whether or not a child is raised by same-sex parents or parents of the opposite sex. They have dogmatically maintained this position since 2004. The findings of Sullins directly challenges the current position of the APA and stands as counter-evidence to those who adhere to the widely accepted "no difference" theory of raising children.
Looking at 1.5 million cases from 2008 to 2016, Sullins discovered the percentage of parents reporting notable emotional problems in their children jumped over 4.6 percent for children of married, opposite-sex parents. Unfortunately, for same-sex parents, this number jumped to 17.6 percent.
A handful of studies suggest that the children of same-sex couples suffer from other serious setbacks. For instance, a study published in "Review of Economics of the Household" found that children living with gay and lesbian families in 2006 were about 65% as likely to graduate compared to children living in opposite sex marriage families. Daughters of same-sex parents, claims this report, did consistently worse than sons.
As same-sex parenting becomes more common — and as criticism of the practice tragically becomes synonymous with "hatred" and "bigotry" — many faith-based adoption agencies have fought to retain their ability to turn away applications from same-sex couples. This is, of course, despite the fact that adoption by same-sex couples became legal nationwide in 2016, which is an event that will likely not be reversed anytime soon, if at all.
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