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A new comprehensive study reveals that the children of homosexual parents experience greater social and psychological problems than those raised in a traditional family. The study, conducted by sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, is the most extensive survey conducted on the subject to date.
The New Family Structures Study conducted by Regnerus, has just been published in the academic journal Social Science Research. The study found that the children of homosexual parents fared worse than children raised by a biological mother and father on 77 out of 80 outcome measures examined in the study.
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, says the University of Texas study is persuasive. "This study is impartial, unemotional, and non-religious. It is research conducted at a prestigious university and published in a respected scientific journal."
"The study reinforces a cultural truth on which public policy decisions on how marriage is defined ought to be based: Moms and Dads matter, and the best environment in which to raise children is a household headed by their married mom and dad," Daly says.
Regnerus found that 24 percent of children with a homosexual father and 12 percent of those with a lesbian mother have recently contemplated suicide, compared with 5 percent of children from intact biological families or who were raised by a single parent. One out of five children raised by a homosexual mother or father have recently received psychotherapy, compared to only 8 percent of those raised by biological parents.
The study determined that children of homosexual parents were particularly susceptible to sexual abuse. Children raised by a homosexual father were three times more likely to have been touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver, and children raised by a lesbian mother were ten times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse.
Children of homosexual parents were more likely to have lower educational attainment, be on welfare, have more sexual partners, and be arrested more often. Children from homosexual households reported less safety and security in their family of origin, and more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin.
The exhaustive study by Regnerus strongly rebuts other studies recently touted by homosexual activists claiming no difference between traditional parenting and parenting by same-sex "couples." Another article in the journal Social Science Research calls those studies into question.
Family scholar Loren Marks of Louisiana State University says that those studies cited by the American Psychological Association have been flawed and inconclusive. "None of the 59 studies referenced by the APA compares a large, random, representative sample of lesbian or gay parents and their children with a large, random, representative sample of married parents and their children."
Many of the studies championed by the homosexual rights movement were based on the parents' own assessments of their children's well-being, and few of the studies followed the children into adulthood. One of the studies most often mentioned, the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, involved women recruited from announcements posted at lesbian events and in lesbian newspapers who offered their opinions on the success of their own parenting.
The study by Regnerus affirms what social science research has affirmed for decades: Children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a life-long marriage.
Regnerus offers this conclusion to the results of his research: "The stable, two-parent biological married model is the far more common and accomplished workhorse of the American household, and is still, according to the data, the safest place for a kid."