Via: Christian Post
A new study analyzing how children who grew up in same-sex parent households have fared as adults is being disputed by some pro-gay groups as questionable, while pro-family groups say it reveals what they have known all along — children tend to fare best when raised in heterosexual households.
The New Family Structures Study, overseen by Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, surveyed 3,000 U.S. adults from ages 18 to 39 and was published in the July issue of Social Science Research journal. Of the respondents, 73 shared that their father had engaged in a same-sex relationship and 163 reported that their mother had done the same. The research organization also concluded that based on their findings, differences have been observed between outcomes of children in same-sex-based intact families and children in cohabiting, divorced, step-, and single-parent families in the large, representative sample.
“Children who grow up in a household with only one biological parent are worse off, on average, than children who grow up in a household with both of their biological parents…regardless of whether the resident parent remarries,” the study notes.
The study also adds that differences have recurred between children from same-sex couples and children from heterosexual couples in connection with factors such as health, mortality, suicide risks, drug and alcohol abuse, criminality and incarceration and intergenerational poverty, among others.
“This is by far the best study done on these issues because it is the first national sample survey that we have,” said Patrick F. Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), in a phone interview Monday with The Christian Post.
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