At gay pride marches around the country this month, there will be celebrations of marriage, a national right that, at just two years old, feels freshly exuberant to many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. But while questions of marriage are largely settled, same-sex couples who choose to have children still face a patchwork of laws around the country that define who is and who can be a parent. This introduces a rash of complications about where L.
I have a simple message to Australian politicians currently considering same-sex marriage: the overseas experience has been an entirely positive one. Marriage equality is a controversial issue with opponents of reform predicting dire consequences. But when social scientists like myself look closely at those societies where reform has occurred, what we see is very different.
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Overview: We identified 79 scholarly studies that met our criteria for adding to knowledge about the well-being of children with gay or lesbian parents. Of those studies, 75 concluded that children of gay or lesbian parents fare no worse than other children. While many of the sample sizes were small, and some studies lacked a control group, researchers regard such studies as providing the best available knowledge about child adjustment, and do not view large, representative samples as essential. We identified four studies concluding that children of gay or lesbian parents face added disadvantages.
I was bursting with love, and with pride. I wanted us to be recognized like the other married couples in our families and our town. Nearly five years later, Jim and I divorced, and curiously enough, I felt proud then as well.
LGBT parenting refers to lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT people raising one or more children as parents or foster care parents. This includes: children raised by same-sex couples same-sex parentingchildren raised by single LGBT parents, and children raised by an opposite-sex couple where at least one partner is LGBT. LGBT people can become parents through various means including current or former relationships, coparentingadoptiondonor inseminationreciprocal IVFand surrogacy.
By Melisa Raney, with illustrations by Ian Berry. Melisa Raney is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Atlanta with her two children. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
A very large body of social science research going back decades has documented the vital and unique role of mothers and of fathers in childhood development. These studies have also demonstrated the negative psychological, educational, and social effects on children who have been deprived of growing up in a home with both biological parents who are married to each other. A very brief summary of findings on the mothers' unique and crucial role in childhood development would include these points:.
Lori did not act in the place of a parent; she is a parent. When a continuing relationship with the non-biological parent is in those best interests, a court must honor its validity and safeguard the perpetuation of that bond. In such proceedings, parties may continue to invoke equitable doctrines and defenses, e.
On Tuesday, voters in the state backed repealing a law allowing same-sex marriage that had passed the Legislature and signed by the governor. Focus on the Family also was involved in the fight in Washington State over a law expanding rights for gay couples through civil unions. Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus Action, the group's political arm, said it would have donated more were it not for Washington's campaign finance limits.