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President's Claim About Sexual Orientation and Parenting Unfounded

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    Every credible study shows that sexual orientation has no effect on parenting ability, said HRC s Winnie Stachelberg. The New York Times article mentioned by
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2005
      "Every credible study shows that sexual orientation has no effect on
      parenting ability," said HRC's Winnie Stachelberg.

      The New York Times article mentioned by HRC is at (scroll down page
      for the quote):

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      For Immediate Release from HRC
      Contrary To President's Claim, Studies Show Sexual Orientation Has No
      Effect on Parenting Ability
      Friday, Jan. 28, 2005

      WASHINGTON -Challenging comments made by President Bush in an
      interview with the New York Times, the Human Rights Campaign stressed
      today that all major research studies show sexual orientation is
      irrelevant to parenting ability.

      "Every credible study has shown that sexual orientation has no effect
      on parenting ability," said HRC Political Director Winnie Stachelberg.
      "Adoption should be about what's best for the child, not appealing to
      a political base. The nation's leading child welfare, psychological
      and children's health organizations agree that gay parents make just
      as good parents as straight ones. With so many children in foster care
      in need of permanently nurturing homes, it's critically important that
      we put science before ideology when making family policy decisions."

      According to the Times, President Bush avoided answering a question on
      Florida's ban denying gay and lesbian individuals the right to adopt,
      saying he was unaware of it. The President said that while "children
      can receive love from gay couples ... studies have shown that the
      ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a

      However, a 2001 meta-analysis of two decades of studies on the topic,
      show that the sexual orientation of a parent is irrelevant to the
      development of a child's mental health and social development and to
      the quality of a parent-child relationship. (See (How) Does the Sexual
      Orientation of Parents Matter? by Judith Stacey and Tim Biblarz in
      the American Sociological Review, April 2001.)

      Further, the consensus among leading professional organizations - as
      stated through policy and position statements - is that a parent's
      sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a
      child. These groups include the: American Academy of Pediatrics,
      American Academy of Family Physicians, American Anthropological
      Association, American Medical Association, American Bar Association,
      American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social
      Workers and North American Council on Adoptable Children. To read
      their policies and others, visit:


      Many organizations also have condemned discrimination based on sexual
      orientation in adoption, custody and other parenting situations and
      called for equal rights for all parents and children. Further, several
      of these organizations also have issued statements declaring that a
      parent's gender identity and/or physical appearance is irrelevant to
      his or her abilities as a parent.

      "Lawmakers need to look at the evidence when they're making policy,"
      added Stachelberg. "Myths should not dominate discussions about gay,
      lesbian, bisexual and transgender families."

      NEWS from the Human Rights Campaign
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      Washington, DC 20036-3278
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