Youngsters of "gay households" negatively affected
The study analyzed data from nearly 3,000 American adults, ages 18 to 39, who were raised in "different types of family arrangements." The results, according to principal investigator Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, reveal "numerous, consistent differences, especially between the children of women who have had a lesbian relationship and those with still-married (heterosexual) biological parents" -- effectively dispelling the "no differences" paradigm.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality points out prior research extolling that paradigm and painting a positive picture of growing up in a homosexual home was biased.
"A lot of the previous studies were done, for example, by [University of Virginia professor] Charlotte Patterson [who is] a lesbian," he points out. "These [studies] were junk science done by homosexual researchers or pro-gay academics."
LaBarbera says the University of Texas research is accurate and very thorough -- adding that states that encourage homosexual adoption are wrong. The study provides "very tragic data," he says.
"For example, you're more likely basically to get molested in a household led by two lesbians. You're more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. You're more likely to identify as homosexual. You're more likely to be on public assistance," he lists.
"[And] you're more likely to have been forced to have sex unwillingly," he concludes. "Big difference [there] -- 8 percent in a normal household versus 31 percent in a household led by lesbians." In addition, one raised in a homosexual or lesbian household is more likely to have thoughts of suicide.
LaBarbera concludes that, simply put, the study proves that having a mother and a father really matters.
The findings of The New Family Structures Study will be published in the July issue of Social Science Research.
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