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N.H. House votes to allow gay couples to adopt together

There are 28 comments on the The Citizen story from Mar 21, 2007, titled N.H. House votes to allow gay couples to adopt together. In it, The Citizen reports that:

The House voted Wednesday to allow unmarried adults - including gay couples - to adopt children together.

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“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#27 Mar 28, 2007
JAMES L. McHUGH
GENERAL COUNSEL
NATHALIE F.P. GILFOYLE
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSOCIATION

I. GAY MEN AND LESBIANS ARE AS FIT PARENTS AS HETEROSEXUALS.
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Scientific research indicates that gay parents are little different from heterosexual parents.[4] The research provides no support for any belief that gay men or lesbians lack the parenting instincts and ability of heterosexuals. Indeed, two researchers reviewing the scientific literature in this area concluded: "It is evident ... that both lesbians and gay men who are parents are as sufficient in the roles as heterosexuals, and that the home life they provide is at least of equal quality."[5] The research to date also provides no support for a presumption that children should be restricted from contact with the partners of gay or lesbian parents. To the contrary, there is evidence suggesting that integration of the gay or lesbian parent's partner into the family unit will generally have a positive effect.[6] Thus, the scientific research provides no empirical support for any categorical presumption about custody or visitation on the basis of a parent's sexual orientation.

“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#28 Mar 28, 2007
B. Gay Men and Lesbians Have Comparable Parenting Skills to Heterosexuals
Several studies have investigated the parenting philosophies and skills of gay men and have concluded that "gay fathers are similar to nongay fathers in their overall parenting abilities and skills."[14] Such research suggests that the "gay fathers are at least equal to heterosexual fathers in the quality of their parenting."[15] In fact, some investigators have found that gay fathers appear to make greater efforts to create a stable home environment and positive relationship with their children than heterosexual fathers.[16]
One study found no differences between homosexual and heterosexual fathers in their degree of involvement with their children or in the level of intimacy they had with their children. The differences the study did find were that homosexual fathers were more likely to set and enforce limits on their children's behavior, were more responsive to their children's needs, and were more likely to explain the reasons for rules.[17]
Another study comparing gay and heterosexual fathers' responses to standard measures of parental attitudes and responses concluded that "no discernible parenting style could be found to distinguish one group from the other"[18] and that "sexual orientation of fathers is not a variable that significantly affects attitudes toward fathering nor responses to hypothetical child behavior."[19] Similarly, a study comparing gay and lesbian parents to heterosexual parents found "no significant differences in the relationships of the two sets of parents with their children."[20] With respect to gender identity and sex role aspects of parenting, "no differences were found" in the parents' encouragement of same-sex friends or in their encouragement of gender-typed toys for their own children.[21]
There is an even larger body of research on lesbian mothers that compares their parenting skills and attitudes to those of heterosexual mothers. These studies consistently demonstrate a "remarkable absence of distinguishing features between the life-styles, child-rearing practices, and general demographic data" of lesbian mothers and heterosexual mothers.[22] This research provides additional support for the conclusion that sexual orientation is not an important variable in predicting parenting ability.
For example, in one study of lesbian and heterosexual mothers, the two groups were found to be similar in maternal interest, current lifestyles, and child-rearing practices.[23] Another study found that lesbian mothers scored comparably to heterosexual mothers on the Parent Awareness Skills Survey ("PASS"), a standard tool for measuring the effectiveness and sensitivity with which a parent responds to typical child care situations.[24] Interestingly, in light of the concerns that have sometimes been expressed in custody and visitation contexts, lesbian mothers, as a group, have been found to be more concerned with providing male role models for their children than the comparison heterosexual mothers.[25]

“dyssonance hotmail”

Since: Mar 07

Phoenix, AZ

#30 Mar 29, 2007
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, I hear ya, are you from New Hampshire only for car registering purposes ?
Might help if your ISP didn't say Holden, MA .....
Studies show..........
Research shows..........
the only thing studies and research show is whoever "funded" it , will benefit from it. I am sure their are homosexual couples who raise kids ok, even better than a lot of heterosexuals but, my opinion is for it to not be mainstream. I do not want a lifestyle that my religion says is Immoral to be accepted as "normal" and taught in public schools. Actually, it is being pandered and glorified in public schools which is flat out wrong!
Its already mainstream.

And its not wrong.

Since: Mar 07

Sherbrooke, Canada

#32 Mar 29, 2007
RReagan wrote:
It's wrong if I say it is !
LOL, okay scott. looks like you got us there!
Joseph

Worcester, MA

#33 Mar 29, 2007
Yeah..I've lived in NH my entire life and, it says Holden, Ma. bcause I am away at college getting an education and becoming more enlightened to the world...maybe you should try a little education...
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, I hear ya, are you from New Hampshire only for car registering purposes ?
Might help if your ISP didn't say Holden, MA .....
Studies show..........
Research shows..........
the only thing studies and research show is whoever "funded" it , will benefit from it. I am sure their are homosexual couples who raise kids ok, even better than a lot of heterosexuals but, my opinion is for it to not be mainstream. I do not want a lifestyle that my religion says is Immoral to be accepted as "normal" and taught in public schools. Actually, it is being pandered and glorified in public schools which is flat out wrong!

“dyssonance hotmail”

Since: Mar 07

Phoenix, AZ

#34 Mar 29, 2007
RReagan wrote:
It's wrong if I say it is !
And its right if I say it is.
Kino

AOL

#35 Mar 31, 2007
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, I hear ya, are you from New Hampshire only for car registering purposes ?
Might help if your ISP didn't say Holden, MA .....
Studies show..........
Research shows..........
the only thing studies and research show is whoever "funded" it , will benefit from it. I am sure their are homosexual couples who raise kids ok, even better than a lot of heterosexuals but, my opinion is for it to not be mainstream. I do not want a lifestyle that my religion says is Immoral to be accepted as "normal" and taught in public schools. Actually, it is being pandered and glorified in public schools which is flat out wrong!
Sorry Dear, but gay taxpayers help fund those schools. If you think it's fine for your kids to torment the nice gay taxpayers, you need to homeschool your kids.

Then you can indoctrinate them any way you like.
kidnapped babies

Cambridge, MA

#37 Oct 27, 2010
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