David Quinn is wrong when he says there is not enough research regarding same-sex parenting.
David Quinn has long argued that marriage should have special status because it contains something special, and that special quality is its benefits to children. It is for this reason that they object to same-sex marriage.
It is obvious that marriage should not have special status unless there is something special about it. What is that something? The answer is the benefits it passes on to children.
He argues that it is unknown if same-sex parents can supply the same benefits therefore marriage should remain the exclusive domain of heterosexuals.
We cannot say how well children raised by same-sex parents do compared with children raised by their own biological married parents and won’t be able to say so for a long time to come.
Such a statement flies in the face of decades of research which conclusively shows that children of same-sex parents experience similar outcomes to those of married biological parents. To combat this David Quinn argues that the research is “flawed”, to buttress this argument he resorts to citing the discredited fraudster Loren Marks. Quinn also states that there have been no large national surveys carried out.
It remains the case that there are no large national surveys that allows us to draw reliable conclusions about the children of same-sex couples.
I will detail as much research as I could find which shows that same-sex parenting has the same benefits to children as married biological parents. And I will also supply some large scale national surveys which David somehow missed even though some are a number of years old.
Children in planned lesbian families: Stigmatisation, psychological adjustment and protective factors, Culture, Health & Sexuality
Transracial Adoption by Lesbian, Gay,and Heterosexual Couples: Who Completes Transracial Adoptions and With What Results?
American Academy of Pediatrics: Technical Report: Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents
How does the gender of parents matter? Journal of Marriage and Family
Children’s Gender Identity in Lesbian and Heterosexual Two-Parent Families
Child adjustment and parenting in planned lesbian families with known and as-yet unknown donors
Children in Planned Lesbian Families: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between the United States and the Netherlands. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America’s Children
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families
Child Adjustment and Parenting in Planned Lesbian-Parent Families
National Lesbian Family Study: 4. Interviews with the 10-year-old children
What does it mean for youngsters to grow up in a lesbian family created by means of donor insemination?
Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?
Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children: A Review
Same-Sex Parenting and Child Development: Reviewing the Contribution of Parental Gender
The Role of the Father in Child Development
Not only has there been a plethora of research but numerous associations have concluded that there is no difference between same-sex parents and heterosexuals parents and have publicly stated so.
American Psychological Assocation
Position Statement in Support of Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Civil Marriage
Amicus brief submitted in support of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenge to California Prop 8
Lesbian and Gay Parenting Resource Publication
Canadian Psychological Association
Brief presented to the Legislative House of Commons Committee on Bill
American Academy of Pediatrics
Policy statement – Coparent or second-parent adoption by same-sex parents
Australian Psychological Society
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) parented families – A literature review
American Psychoanalytic Association
Position statement on Gay and Lesbian Parenting
American Psychiatric Association
Adoption and co-parenting by same-sex couples
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Gay and Lesbian Adoptions and Foster Care
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Submission to the Church of England’s Listening Exercise on Human Sexuality
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Pscyhiatry
Children with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents
American National Association of Social Workers
Amicus brief – California Supreme Court – Case No. S147999
Child Welfare League of America
Position statement on parenting of children by lesbian, gay and bisexual adults
Finally and certainly not least is the claim that their are no national surveys. I was able to locate six through minimal effort.
Adolescents of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and sexual risk exposure.
Family Structure and Children’s Health in the United States: Findings From the National Health Interview Survey, 2001–2007
Psychosocial adjustment, school outcomes, and romantic relationships of adolescents with same-sex parents.
Children with lesbian parents: a community study.
Psychosocial Adjustment among Children Conceived via Donor Insemination by Lesbian and Heterosexual Mothers
Donor Insemination: Child Development and Family Functioning in Lesbian Mother Families
So next time David Quinn or anyone decries the lack of research feel free to direct them here as the opinion that there is not enough research holds as much credence as those who say evolution “is just a theory” and man-made climate change is a “hoax”. It is borderline science denialism.