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05/07/2007

Wait, could the religious right actually be wrong about our parental ability?

by Jeremy Hooper

Baby2A newly released Canadian study suggests that same-sex couples are just as, if not more, adept at raising "socially competent" children:

Study: Same-sex couples just as good, if not better, at parenting [Canada.com]

And why are these kids sometimes more well-adjusted socially, you ask? Well, isn't it obvious? While kids of heterosexual parents are forced to dedicate two days a year to celebrating their parents, kids o' gays are able to consolidate their parental celebrations into one Mothers/Fathers Day blowout. That extra day to focus on social competency gives them just a little bit of an edge over their reared-by-'rosexual peers. Obviously.

Or, it could just be that gays aren't the child destroying, society corrupting, evil demon spawn that so many have accused them of being, but are instead good people who are just as capable of proficient kid rearing as anyone else. We're open to both options; although we must admit we think the Mother/Fathers Day thing might really be something! Hell, just think of the vital social betterment time that you save on greeting cards alone...

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Your thoughts

Could it possibly be that gay people aren't so wrapped up in teaching their children how to be so full of bigoted hate that they must turn it upon themselves that children actually can have some self-esteem, rather than self-loathing? Could it be that the time that isn't wasted on frantic protection of gender roles is spent learning to enjoy life and learning make for good kids? Then again, maybe it is that children of gay people have a better chance of a well decorated home.

"what's that, darling, you don't want to finish re-wiring antique lamps while listening to Aida with Daddy?" "You want to play baseball and Papa us too busy laying out the Spring color beds?" "Well, darling, call aunties Melissa and Colette; I'm sure they'd love to play ball with you and I'll come watch."

Posted by: ptboat67 | May 8, 2007 9:29:27 AM

lol... My own personal theory to explain the data (if it needs explaining) is that there is a small but significant chance that a heterosexual household had their child by accident. These accidental babies would tend to skew their average down a little.

On the other hand, gay families have to plan *really hard* to have children - so there are never unwanted kids in those houses. So I would expect (all other things being equal) that the average gay household would have the same child-rearing competency as the average straight household who *planned their children carefully*.

(This is pure speculation... but it's what I would expect to be true.)

Posted by: Anon | May 9, 2007 3:30:16 AM

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