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Same sex couples and parenting

There are many different arguments regarding same-sex couples and parenting. Many people in Clinton Township believe that same-sex parents are not fit to be parents at all, while others feel completely the opposite and argue that a person’s gender makes no difference in his or her parenting ability. Although many people might question the ability of same-sex couples to be good parents, there are many scientific studies that would indicate otherwise.

According to the American Psychological Association most of the scientific evidence suggests gay and lesbian parents are just as capable as heterosexual parents of being fit parents. The same evidence suggests that the children of same-sex couples are also equally healthy and psychologically adjusted as children of heterosexual parents. Specifically, one recent study found that children who have same-sex parents and children who have heterosexual parents perform equally as well in school.

Meantime, according to AAMFT.org, the majority of research shows that children of heterosexual couples and gay and lesbian couples fare equally well in life. The results of one study showed that children who were raised by same sex couples had the same basic emotional function level as children of heterosexual parents. They did not differ in sexual orientation, behavior in gender roles, stigmatization of gender identity, behavioral adjustment and learning capabilities and abilities.

Despite these studies, and their results, many same-sex couples and their children still face opposition and challenges from many people who oppose gay marriage and same-sex parenting. While many same-sex couples, including those with children, still face negative stereotypes, the country’s views on these kinds of relationships has improved noticeably in recent years.

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