Gay Adoption

1C4414417-tdy-121022-ourfamily-1.blocks_desktop_mediumThese people who are so against gay adoption, should remember that those kids have been abandoned or left behind by heterosexual people!

These poor little kids are neglected and abused so severely that the state takes them away and puts them out for adoption. And then some religious zealot has the chutzpah of saying they are not good enough to adopt because they are homosexuals?

Do gay couples make for good parents? Will their children – whether adopted, conceived with the help of a surrogate or brought in from a pre-existing relationship – adjust, adapt and succeed in a world dominated by traditional families?

The answers usually depend on who’s giving them, and come dressed in anecdotes and colored by bias. But Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld brings something new to the conversation: facts and figures derived from the country’s largest data bank – the U.S. Census.

In a study published this month in the journal Demography, Rosenfeld concludes that children being raised by same-sex couples have nearly the same educational achievement as children raised by married heterosexual couples. “The census data show that having parents who are the same gender is not in itself any disadvantage to children,” he said. “Parents’ income and education are the biggest indicators of a child’s success. Family structure is a minor determinant.”

“One of the fundamental issues in modern family law that differs from state to state is whether same-sex couples can adopt,” Rosenfeld said. “My research makes clear that there’s a huge advantage to kids to be out of the care of the state and into the care of any family, even if the family is not perfectly optimal.”

Journal Reference:
Michael J. Rosenfeld. Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress Through School. Demography, 2010; 47 (3): 755 DOI: 10.1353/dem.0.0112