Marriage and the family is God’s idea. From the very beginning, marriage has been the union of one man and one woman, and a family consists of parents and the children they have conceived together or adopted.
When the Bible says that God “created them male and female,” implicit in that is that the two sexes are fundamentally different. The clear implication is that dads and moms each have a unique and irreplaceable contribution to make to the development of their children.
The out-of-the mainstream media is all aflutter over a study reported in the journal Pediatrics that claims that the children of lesbian parents do as well, and in fact better in some ways, than children raised in heterosexual households.
What discerning readers should know is that the author of the study is an open lesbian herself, which naturally raises questions about her objectivity.
And as Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council points out, the “report is based almost entirely on reports from the mothers themselves.” So lesbians are asked whether or not they are good parents and whether or not they have raised well-adjusted kids. And surprise, surprise, the answer is “Yes!” This is what passes for scientific research in the homosexual community these days.
Perkins points out that the methodology used allowed researchers to use a “Youth Self-Report” form and a “Teacher’s Report” form, but the researchers used neither. They meekly say, “A more comprehensive assessment would have included reports from all 3 sources.” Indeed.
Peter Sprigg, Senior Research Fellow at FRC, counters this blatant propaganda in his new pamphlet, “The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality.”
Sprigg quotes the non-partisan Child Trends research group: “Research clearly demonstrates that family structure matters for children, and the family structure that helps the most is a family headed by two biological parents who are in a low-conflict marriage.”
Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale Medical School, in his book Fathered, demonstrates that fathers make a unique parenting contribution to their children that their mothers don’t, and in my view, can’t, make. And Dr. Brenda Hunter has documented, in her book The Power of Mother Love, that the obverse is also true: mothers make unique contributions to to children that fathers cannot.
Sprigg writes that pro-homosexual sociologists Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz summarized the research on same-sex parenting in an article in American Sociological Review in 2001.
- Children of lesbians are less likely to conform to traditional gender norms.
- Children of lesbians are more likely to engage in homosexual behavior.
- Daughters of lesbians are “more sexually adventurous and less chaste.”
- Lesbian “co-parent relationships” are more likely to break up than heterosexual marriages.
Sprigg adds that an Australian sociologist produced a 1996 study which reported that, in 9 of 13 academic and social categories measured, children of heterosexual couples did the best and children of homosexual couples did the worst, scoring below not only married couples but even cohabiting heterosexual couples.
When you add to this the lengthy list of mental and physical health risks and the dysfunctional behaviors associated with homosexual conduct and relationships, there is no reason to budge from our entire justified conviction that children need both a mom and a dad.
This Pediatrics piece is clearly designed to promote homosexual adoption. But no sane society which cares about children will deliberately create homes with a missing mother or father. Kids need both a mother and a father, and no amount of shoddy research can change that.
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network