I agree with a lot of what SlideStop posted in her first post. To me, this article/study seemed like it was trying to make something out of nothing and was looking for differences to highlight. This first thing that caught my attention was that, when listing their summaries of past debates about this, they used the term "pro-family organizations". That implied, at least to me, that the person writing this article seems to believe that two parents of the same sex are not a family. Why are "family" and "gay" mutually exclusive to this author?
They made a big deal over the number of participants... I don't find their participant pool particularly impressive. Also, they say "Of these, 175 reported that their mother had a same-sex romantic relationship while they were growing up, and 73 said the same about their father." I don't think that a same-sex relationship while they were growing up is the same as a family who's mother and father have stayed together throughout the childhood. They could easily have gathered the information from some people who's mothers or fathers had a number of relationships, of which one or more were with someone of the same sex. In order for this study to accurately compare children of same-sex and opposite-sex parenting, I think they need to have the same levels of commitment for the parents. So not a same-sex relationship while growing up, but two moms or two dads that were together for the same duration of the child's life as opposite sex parents.
I would like to have seen the "outcome measures", instead of just hearing about some that seem to make the biggest impact. In terms of the aspects of the results about psychological things, such as depression, "negative impact" and "less safety and security", how much of that is a result of our culture? Isn't it likely that the culture of homophobia in our society contributed to these feelings about same-sex couples?
As a brief note about the section on the children's sexuality, I'm not surprised that there are more children of same-sex parents who have had same sex partners. This isn't because I think gay parents influence their children to be gay, I think it's because children who grow up in same sex households are more willing to consider the possibility of being gay and are more comfortable exploring their sexuality. It's not that having gay parents makes you gay, it's that having gay parents makes you more open.
All in all, this "study" made me angry. I felt as if the people running the study and writing the article did everything they could to make a point about gay parents being worse at raising children. However, I didn't find anything that stood out as fact in the article. And, the idea of science is not to do a study that "tops previous research", it's to gather data that adds to data that has already been gathered. Having the results of this study doesn't throw all past studies out the window.
Edited to add:
I just explored the website that posted this article a bit. It is rather shocking; just click on "homosexuality", read what they wrote and take a look at some of the article titles. These are clearly not unbiased people... how is anyone supposed to believe a study that was run by a group that clearly places themselves firmly on one side of the argument?
Last edited by aliliz; 02-20-2013 at 07:43 PM.