The Kids Are Alright, Part II

It’s no surprise that president Bush thinks families like mine are inferior to other families, since his supporters—a number of them, anyway—think familes like mine shouldn’t exist in the first place. His views on gay adoptions most likely stem from that notion, which is itself based in the idea of heterosexual supremacy. It’s gratifying to know that experts on the subject still say he’s wrong, even if he and his administration are unwilling to listen.

Are children worse off being raised by gay or lesbian couples than by heterosexual parents?

Responding on Thursday to a question about gay adoption, President Bush suggested that they were.

“Studies have shown,” Mr. Bush said in an interview with The New York Times, “that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman.”

But experts say there is no scientific evidence that children raised by gay couples do any worse – socially, academically or emotionally – than their peers raised in more traditional households.

The experts, who cross the political spectrum, say studies have shown that on average, children raised by two married heterosexual parents fare better on a number of measures, including school performance, than those raised by single parents or by parents who are living together but are unmarried.

But, said Dr. Judith Stacey, a professor of sociology at New York University, “there is not a single legitimate scholar out there who argues that growing up with gay parents is somehow bad for children.”

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