A recent study finds that children that are brought up in homosexual households are more likely to suffer in dozens of social, physical and emotional areas.
The study, which was conducted by Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, surveyed nearly 3,000 adults to analyze “different types of family arrangements.” Out of the 3,000, approximately 175 stated that they were raised by lesbians and 73 said that their father was a homosexual. All of those surveyed were between the ages of 18 and 39.
In comparing the results, Regnerus found that those who were raised by homosexuals struggled in their relationships, had lower incomes, and suffered more mentally and physically. Forty different factors were taken into account in the analysis.
Those who grew up in lesbian households did poorly in 24 points. Those whose fathers were involved in a same-sex relationship suffered in 19 points. For example, 60% of youth in lesbian households went on to receive welfare in adulthood, compared to 17% of those that grew up with a mom and dad. Only 26% of respondents stated that they were employed full-time.
While Regnerus stands behind his research, other professors within the University of Texas are in disagreement.
“Whether same-sex parenting causes the observed differences cannot be determined from Regnerus’ descriptive analysis,” commented Cynthia Osborne of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
However, others agree the information is accurate.
“[Y]ou’re more likely basically to get molested in a household led by two lesbians. You’re more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. You’re more likely to identify as homosexual. You’re more likely to be on public assistance,” Peter LaBarbara of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality told OneNewsNow.
“Most conclusions about same-sex parenting have been drawn from small, convenience samples, not larger, random ones,” Regnerus stated. “The results of that approach have often led family scholars to conclude that there are no differences between children raised in same-sex households and those raised in other types of families. But those earlier studies have inadvertently masked real diversity among gay and lesbian parenting experiences in America.”
The study is expected to be published in the July issue of Social Science Research.