Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today's Find: Pediatrician tells the truth about lesbian & gay parents

By Diane Silver

There's a great column out of Oregon today where pediatrician Todd Huffman tells the truth about same-sex parenting. The issue in parenting isn't the sexual orientation of a child's parents, Huffman argues, but the quality of the love and the guidance those parents provide.

Among many other good points, Huffman notes:
Decades of study have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with one or more gay parents. What has been consistently demonstrated is what common sense tells us: that greater stability and nurturance within a family system, irrespective of the parents' gender, predicts greater security and fewer behavioral problems among children.

Gay and lesbian people have been raising children for many years, and will continue to do so. Our society cannot vote this fact away at the ballot box. But societies do change, and ours will one day give no second thought to homosexual parents, and to granting the security of two legally recognized parents that their children deserve.

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