Thought myself rather lucky to be stuck in traffic while Dr. Nancy Gartrell guested on NPR’s Forum this morning. While everyone should question the measures of the study, I think it’s extremely worthwhile. That someone ran a single study for a quarter of a century is fascinating on its own.
(CNN) — A nearly 25-year study concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers.
The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, followed 78 lesbian couples who conceived through sperm donations and assessed their children’s well-being through a series of questionnaires and interviews.
Naturally, callers into the show erred on the side of support for LGBT parenting. Of course, there is also dissent. There was that one token woman calling in, voice shaking in excitement, expressing her offense that homosexual parents be painted as “better” than “normal” parents.
The idea and fear that homosexual parents would be perceived as “better” based on research is a strong indication that someone who felt comfortable in the majority now feels threatened. Like all conflicts, this “normal” woman perceived a difference in power, as if The Big Gay Agenda plans on ending heterosexual procreation, as if Normals will one day be ousted out of their bubble of safety.
I came from a life of privilege. Was never missing much in life. And yet I can put my head down and reason that other people’s lifestyles, whether I am into them or not, generally do not impede on my own. I have very little tolerance for those who can’t see their own insecurities.
There is no singular triumphant power struggle to be won. It is pointless to fight for a homogeneous culture or even think there is a homogeneous culture that needs to be kept from adapting.
In the case of LGBT adoption rights, look at it as a matter of numbers. If two parents is the ideal for adopting children, there are more couples to choose from. More children in homes.
“But what if the kids turn gay?” Stop reading this blog. It’ll only enrage you.
Editor’s Note: Proof that I don’t have a copy editor aside from my lonesome, Bill sent me the following email the day after this post went up:
Subject: GRAMMAR NAZI
You wrote on your blog “Of course, there is also descent.”
I think you mean “dissent.” Bill +1