Monday, September 22, 2014

What Makes a Family?

In some corners of our society, there is a fairy tale about what makes a good family. That fairy tale says that a family consists of a mother, a father, and children.  I call this a fairy tale because it does not represent reality.  We all have our favorite stories, and I'm sure there are those in our society who live within this fairy tale and believe it is reality.  But it is not.

A family is any group of people who live together and love each other. But those who live the fairy tale try to insist that there is only one kind of family that is good for society or good for children.  I am happy to report that medical and psychological research does NOT agree with the fairy tale.

I encourage you to download this PDF by the American Psychological Association called "Lesbian and Gay Parenting."  This report summarizes all the current research on the subject and concludes

"Results of research to date suggest that children of lesbian and gay parents have positive relationships with peers and that their relationships with adults of both sexes are also satisfactory.. The picture of lesbian mothers' children that emerges is one of general engagement in social life with peers, with fathers, with grandparents, and with mothers' adult friends  both male and female, both heterosexual and homosexual. Fears about children of lesbians and gay men being sexually abused by adults, ostracized by peers or isolated in single-sex lesbian or gay communities have received no support from the results of existing research" (p. 12).

I might add that the research shows that pedophiles are overwhelmingly white, male and HETEROSEXUAL.

In other words, GET OVER IT.  By every available medical and psychological standard, gay and lesbian families are normal and provide positive, healthy places for children to grow up.  They have a valid and legitimate place in our society.

No more need be said.

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