Study suggests same-sex parenting is emotionally detrimental to children. (BJE)

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A study conducted by the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science using a sample of 207 007 children, including 512 with same-sex parents from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey has suggested that “Emotional problems were over twice as prevalent (minimum risk ratio (RR) 2.4, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.7-3.0) for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.”

The study concluded that “Joint biological parentage, the modal condition for opposite-sex parents but not possible for same-sex parents, sharply differentiates between the two groups on child emotional problem outcomes. The two groups are different by definition. Intact opposite-sex marriage ensures children of the persistent presence of their joint biological parents; same-sex marriage ensures the opposite. However, further work is needed to determine the mechanisms involved.”

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