Just this week, thousands of opposite sex parents were reported to Child Protective Services for physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect of their own children. That does not include the unreported cases. Having one parent of each gender is no guarantee the child will be wanted, let alone survive.Just this week I witnessed a same sex couple break up. It is NOT turning out well for the kids involve.
While not all same sex parents will be great parents, the difference is that they are always motivated to be parents, while opposite sex parents are often not motivated and sometimes resentful. Others simply have no idea of how to be a good parent and repeat the abuses of their own parents. Again, over 30 years of research and clinical experience has revealed the relationship between the parent and child is the determining variable for healthy adjustment, not the gender of the parent.
Again; Dr. David Brodzinsky: The issue is not the structural variable, biological versus nonbiological, one parent versus two parent. The issue is really the process variables, how children are cared for, is the child provided warmth, it the child provided consistency of care, is the child provided a stimulated environment, is the e child given support.... and when you take a look at structural variables, there's not all that much support that structural variable in and of themselves are all that important.
Dr. Pepper Shwartz: "the primary quality of parenting is not the parenting structure, or biology, but is the nurturing relationship between parent and child." (Hawaii Supreme Court testamony)
Additionally; "The nation's most influential pediatrician's group has endorsed gay marriage, saying a stable relationship between parents regardless of sexual orientation contributes to a child's health and well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics' new policy, published online Thursday, cites research showing that the parents' sexual orientation has no effect on a child's development. Kids fare just as well in gay or straight families when they are nurturing and financially and emotionally stable, the academy says."