For all the worry some people have about kids raised in a same-sex household, I reveal this: The UCLA School of Law has revealed that children raised by lesbian parents have a zero percent abuse rate. ZERO!
And to that, may I add, Eat it, Haters!
In the study, 78 17-year-old daughters and sons of lesbian parents were interviewed and there were no reports of physical or sexual abuse.
This contrasts with 26 percent of American adolescents who report parent or caregiver physical abuse and 8.3 percent who report sexual abuse.
The implications of this study are rather important for “healthcare professionals, policymakers, social service agencies, and child protection experts who seek family models in which violence does not occur."
I suppose it depends on your own “family values,” but I, for one, value a home where kids aren’t being victimized and mistreated.
I’m not saying that, because these new statistics are so encouraging, every child should be raised by lesbians, but I do hope news like this will make the aforementioned haters think twice before condemning same-sex parenting, where many of the misinformed assume that more abuse takes place.
Take, for instance, a 4-year-old who lives in my neighborhood. Half of her time is spent with her two moms, and the other with her two dads. Whenever I talk with any of the parents, they are positively beaming to be with their kid. I’ll never forget when one of the moms explained why the child didn’t go to day care: “There just isn’t enough time. As it is, between the four of us we all wish we had more time with her.”
Clearly, it’s a big leap for many to imagine that homosexual parents can offer a stable and loving home. Take, for instance, Adam Carolla’s recent comments:
If something happens to me, I'd rather my kids were raised by a heterosexual couple rather than a gay couple, all things being equal. I just believe a mom and dad is better than two dads or two moms. I don't believe this, I just know this. I'm an atheist, it's not a religious thing, it's a nature thing.
I wonder whether the funny man would soften his attitude if he knew these new statistics? Personally, I’d want whoever was going to love my kids the most and keep them happy and safe.
What do you think about these findings?
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