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    Gay people are worse parents than straight people

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    Psychologists say parenting effectiveness isn’t connected to sexual orientation


    Sexual orientation is simply not related to how effective a parent is. The American Psychological Association said in 2012, “On the basis of a remarkably consistent body of research on lesbian and gay parents and their children, the American Psychological Association (APA) and other health professional and scientific organizations have concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation.”

    The APA’s statement came in response to a widely publicized study by University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus that was used to cast doubt on the parenting abilities of gay people. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the editor of the academic journal that published the study, Social Science Research, had “assigned a member of the journal’s editorial board -- Darren E. Sherkat, a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale -- to examine how the paper was handled”:

    Sherkat was given access to all the reviews and correspondence connected with the paper, and was told the identities of the reviewers. According to Sherkat, Regnerus’s paper should never have been published. His assessment of it, in an interview, was concise: “It’s bullshit,” he said.

    Among the problems Sherkat identified is the paper’s definition of “lesbian mothers” and “gay fathers” -- an aspect that has been the focus of much of the public criticism. A woman could be identified as a “lesbian mother” in the study if she had had a relationship with another woman at any point after having a child, regardless of the brevity of that relationship and whether or not the two women raised the child as a couple.

    Sherkat said that fact alone in the paper should have “disqualified it immediately” from being considered for publication.