Studies Show Same-Sex Parenting Harms Children

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 8, 2016   

Children of gay couples more likely to suffer depression, suicidal thoughts

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - As various courts are ruling on the so-called rights of same-sex parents, new studies reveal that having same-sex parents actually harms children.

A new study by Catholic University of America (CUA) shows children raised by same-sex couples are twice as likely to suffer depression as adults compared to children who have a mother and father.

The new study, "Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression Among Adults with Same-Sex Parents," published in the journal Depression Research and Treatment, is the first study to monitor such children into adulthood.

The findings show that 18 percent of children raised by same-sex couples were depressed as adolescents but by age 28 the number of those depressed surged to 51 percent. This was more than twice as high as those raised by heterosexual couples.

The study also reveals that 44 percent of children raised by gays have suicidal thoughts during adolescence. This was three times higher than in children raised by a mother and a father.

The research also showed that 93 percent of children raised by same-sex parents felt distant from their parents during adolescence, and 73 percent felt distant from them as adults.

The research was conducted by sociologist Paul Sullins of CUA, who has conducted previous studies that found children raised by same-sex couples suffer twice as many emotional problems as children raised by opposite-sex parents, and four times as many emotional problems as children raised by their joint biological parents. Another study by Sullins showed that ADHD is twice as common among children raised by same-sex couples than in children raised by male and female parents.

Meanwhile, federal judges are issuing rulings favoring alleged rights by same-sex parents, as happened Thursday in Maryland, where a lower court ruling was overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals. The appellate court declared, that "de facto parents have standing to contest custody or visitation and need not show parental unfitness or exceptional circumstances."

Maryland judges, referring to the Wisconsin Supreme Court test, ruled that it "accommodates, we think, the dissonance between what is in the best interest of a child and a parent's right to direct and govern the care, custody, and control of their children."

 

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