Main threat to children of same-sex parents is discrimination, report reveals

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2017

The group, who are affiliated with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute as well as several other organisations, write that "misinformation is circulating in the public domain that children and adolescents with same-sex parents are at risk of poorer health and wellbeing than other children".

The study by Melbourne Children's found that kids raised in same-sex-parented families did as well emotionally, educationally and socially as kids raised by heterosexual couple parents.

Earlier this year, the Public Policy Research Portal at Columbia Law School in the U.S. reviewed 79 studies that investigated the wellbeing of children raised by gay or lesbian parents.

A comprehensive study has found that the children of same-sex parents do just as well as the children of opposite sex parents.

New Zealand's latest Census results showed that, of 469,290 couple with children families, 1476 were same-sex couples with children.

"The findings of these reviews reflect a broader consensus within the fields of family studies and psychology".

The authors say studies supporting the opposite view, particularly the often-cited Regnerus Study, have been "widely criticised" for their methodological limitations.

The report, entitled The Kids are OK: It is Discrimination Not Same-Sex Parents that Harms Children, analysed several global studies on how well-adjusted children raised by same-sex parents are.

"We're making this gesture in the spirit of celebration and welcoming same-sex couples to this institution, to which they have been denied access so long - we are simply doing what we can to rebalance the scales".

It did, however, find that young LGBT people experienced much higher rates of psychological distress in Australia than their heterosexual and cisgender peers.

He added there was solid proof that legalising same-sex marriage had a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health of same-sex-parented families as well as LGBTIQ+ young people in some countries.

"This is a practical way for the council to combat discrimination", she said.

"One of the saddest things about this campaign is that the No case says they care about children, but spend a lot of their time denigrating families, suggesting children in same-sex families are being harmed", Senator Wong said.

Most same-sex couples with children - almost 80 per cent - were female.

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