STUDY: Children With Gay Dads Turn Out Just Fine

The kids are alright!

Here's some news that shouldn't be all that surprising: kids raised by gay dads turn out the same as children raised by straight couples.

Newsweek reported on a new study that was done by pediatrician Ellen C. Perrin of Tufts Medical Center and her research team that compiled survey responses from 732 gay fathers in 47 states around the U.S. about their children. Of the dads surveyed, 88% said it was untrue that their child is unhappy or depressed, whereas in a federal survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of parents in the U.S., 87% said the same of their children.

The federal survey also said that 75% of parents claimed that their child "does not worry a lot," and 72% of gay dads said the same thing.

“Consensus is overwhelming in terms of there being no difference in children who are raised by same-sex or different-sex parents,” University of Oregon sociology professor Ryan Light, an author on the study, told Reuters at the time.

The survey also found that between 20 and 30% of fathers had stigmatizing experiences because they were gay, "mostly from other family members, friends and some people in religious contexts," reports the Daily Mail. "One-third of parents reported their children had been subjected to teasing, bullying or other stigmatizing experiences by friends."

"Our data add to those of other investigators showing that children of same-sex parents do as well in every way as children whose parents are heterosexual," added Dr Perrin.

It's estimated there are 690,000 same-sex couples living in the United States and that 19% of those couples are raising children under the age of 18.

The study done by Perrin's team only supports another recent study conducted by the Williams Institute that found "households with same-sex parents show no differences from those with opposite-sex parents in regards to partner relationships, parent-child relationships, children’s physical and emotional health, the children’s coping skills and learning behavior, and more."

Keep up the good work, fellas!

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