This research – which really puts the fact cat amongst the conservative prejudice pigeons – needs the widest publicity it can get (bravo Simon Day):
Children with gay parents ‘happier’ – research
Children with gay parents are happier and healthier than kids from the average family, new research shows.
The preliminary findings from the Australian study contradict stereotypes that a family without an obvious dad or mum would harm the children, said lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch. …
Crouch, who is himself a gay man with four-year-old twin boys, ran the world’s largest study on homosexual families at the University of Melbourne.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on the physical, mental and social well being of 500 children aged 5 to 17, from 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents. Eighty per cent of the parents who completed the questionnaire on child health were women.
The interim results found that children from same sex couples showed no statistical difference to the rest of the population in physical and mental health, their interaction with others, and their relationship with their parents.
But children from same sex couples scored significantly higher than the national average on measures of general health and family cohesion.