'Overwhelming' Consensus Same-Sex Parenting Not Harmful to Kids

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Data examined from thousands of studies found children of same-sex parents don't differ from peers of heterosexual parents on social and behavioral outcomes.
Data examined from thousands of studies found children of same-sex parents don't differ from peers of heterosexual parents on social and behavioral outcomes.

HealthDay News — There is no evidence that having same-sex parents harms children in any way, a new comprehensive review finds.

In the new review, Jimi Adams, PhD, an associate professor of health and behavioral studies at the University of Colorado Denver, said he wanted to find out if children suffered any disadvantages simply because their parents were of the same sex.

Adams' team analyzed data from thousands of studies on the issue. The data overwhelming found that children of same-sex parents do not differ from those of heterosexual or single parents on a range of social and behavioral outcomes.

According to the research, which was published in the journal Social Science Research, by 1990 a consensus between researchers on the issue began to emerge, and by 2000 "overwhelming" consensus had been reached that same-sex parenting does not harm children.

“As same-sex marriage has been debated in courts across the country, there has been the lingering question about the effects of same-sex parenting on children,” Adams said in a university news release. “I found overwhelming evidence that scientists agree that there is not a negative impact to children of same-sex couples,” he said.

Reference

Adams J and Light R. Scientific consensus, the law, and same sex parenting outcomes. Soc Sci Res. 2015; 53: 300-310.

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