Letter: Stable foundations

In the September Point/Counterpoint article about homosexual marriage, Elie Dvorin wrote, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the most stable foundation for raising a family.” I have wondered about this myself and heard concerns like this stated before by people feeling worried about the effects of homosexual marriage on children.

According to the American Psychological Association, numerous studies between 1981 and 1994 have evaluated differences between two groups of children – one group raised by heterosexual couples and one group raised by homosexual couples. These studies have continuously found no differences between the two groups of children in four most critical areas: psychological adjustment, social adjustment, intelligence and popularity with friends.

The APA Web site also states, “It is also important to realize that a parent’s sexual orientation does not dictate his or her children’s (sexual orientation).”

It seems that, in fact, the only significantly different struggle children with gay/lesbian parents have is the discriminatory behavior of others toward them and their parents.

Laura M. Nichols

Graduate student