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Are Two Mommies as Good as Mom and Dad?
Date:1/27/2010

Yes, according to a new analysis of research

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Same-sex couples are as good at raising well-adjusted, healthy children as heterosexual couples are, a review of 20 years of social science research finds.

"There's a deeply held and widespread view out there that children need both a mother and a father to do well," said study author Judith Stacey, a professor of sociology and of social and cultural analysis at New York University in New York City. "And it seems to be a bipartisan conviction -- with a lot of public policy based on that premise -- since literally both President Bush and President Obama have said exactly that."

"But the point is that this orthodoxy is supposedly supported not just by a belief, but by actual research," Stacey noted. "Yet we found that, in fact, there is no research that shows that children need both a mother and a father. And we looked everywhere."

Stacey and study co-author Timothy J. Biblarz, chairman of the sociology department at the University of Southern California, published their findings in the February issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

The authors contended that advocates for the notion that children need a male and female parent often bolster their argument by citing apples and oranges research: studies that stack up two-parent heterosexual families against single parents. But such work, they stressed, confusingly pools together the number of parents with the gender of parents, rather than teasing out one or the other.

Instead, honing in specifically on gender and the impact it has on child-rearing among same-sex and heterosexual parents, the authors reviewed 81 studies conducted since 1990 that fell into one of two categories: two-parent family studies comparing lesbian couples with heterosexual couples in terms of parenting skills and/or the psychological and social well-being of their children; and
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