In case you haven't been paying attention, I don't have a lot of respect for people like Scalia. I consider him a little too recent and his associations too foreign to be trusted. But I recognize that the Constitution makes no such distinction on the former and society is too willing to tolerate the latter for anything to be done about it.
Nova saw my previous post with the study. He's just ignoring it and the LTTE that I posted with it on page 1.
How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study
Mark Regnerus E-mail the corresponding author
Department of Sociology and Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station A1700, Austin, TX 78712-0118, United States
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.03.009, How to Cite or Link Using DOI
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The New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a social-science data-collection project that fielded a survey to a large, random sample of American young adults (ages 18–39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements. In this debut article of the NFSS, I compare how the young-adult children of a parent who has had a same-sex romantic relationship fare on 40 different social, emotional, and relational outcome variables when compared with six other family-of-origin types. The results reveal numerous, consistent differences, especially between the children of women who have had a lesbian relationship and those with still-married (heterosexual) biological parents. The results are typically robust in multivariate contexts as well, suggesting far greater diversity in lesbian-parent household experiences than convenience-sample studies of lesbian families have revealed. The NFSS proves to be an illuminating, versatile dataset that can assist family scholars in understanding the long reach of family structure and transitions.
► The New Family Structures Study collected data from nearly 3000 adults. ► I compare young adults who grew up with a lesbian mother or gay father. ► Differences exist between children of parents who have had same-sex relationships and those with married parents. ► This probability study suggests considerable diversity among same-sex parents.
Since this topic has turned to same sex parenting and it's effects on the children of such unions ...
Will give you my 2 cents worth.
My biggest problem with this is (aside from any religious aspect) is that with all that children have to contend with in growing up these days ... does not this being "different" from a huge majority of their class mates/friends, put even more stress on them to "fit in?"
Fitting in is a very important factor in their young lives, and to me this additional stress seems very unfair.
One more time: For a people study to be accurate, the sample has to be representative. Regnerus admitted that his sample wasn't representative, even if he continued to claim that his results were relevant.
"Iíd be more careful about the language I used to describe people whose parents had same-sex relationships," Regenus told the magazine. "I said 'lesbian mothers' and 'gay fathers,' when in fact, I donít know about their sexual orientation; I do know about their same-sex relationship behavior."
I realize that the urge to believe that which you think supports your case is strong, but don't embarrass yourself. Regnerus didn't study two parent same sex couples and their children in intact families. He counted everyone as "gay parent" who had ever had sex or a relationship with a person of the same sex. If it makes sense to you to compare that to a Mr and Mrs Cleaver Standard then you aren't interested in a serious discussion.
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