The test subjects
Ninety-five (female) same-sex parent households were compapred to 95 opposite-sex parent households. The researchers made sure to only select volunteer households that had no history of dysfunction and otherwise. They also eliminated factors like adoption, divorce, and other factors that could impact a child’s emotional stability. Because of a lack of volunteers, the study excluded families with two male parents.
The only issue the study found is that the parents in same-sex households have more stress than male/female households, but the extra pressure had no effect on their children. Why the additional stress? It all boils down to societal pressures. “Some of our earlier studies have shown that lesbian mothers feel pressured to justify the quality of their parenting because of their sexual orientation,” said study co-author and psychiatrist Nanette Gartrel in the press release.
Dr. Nathaniel Frank, Director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School, said, “The scientific debate over the politics of gay parenting is over, and equal treatment has won.” Now LGBT researchers believe that future endeavors should examine the needs of the LGBT population that is underserved.