At the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University
of Texas at Austin, a social science data collection project decided to
learn more about young adults who were brought up in non-traditional families.
One of the areas they decided to explore was the world of children who
have grown up in same-sex marriage households. The New Family Structures
study collected data from nearly 3,000 adults during their study so that
they could see the differences in the personalities of people who grew
up with lesbian or gay parents.
The study showed the happiest children are those who are under the headship
of two heterosexual, biological parents who have a
good marriage. These marriages are somewhat rare nowadays. Marriages don't
often last and about one-third of all children are born outside of wedlock.
Yet the study also gave credit to same-sex parents, saying that many of
their children are very content and happy with their parent's relationship.
The study attributes credit to lesbian parents, who can give their children
special amounts of affection and care that a traditional father-mother
This research project is different from many done on the subject in the
past, because the researchers actually followed the children in these
upbringings into adulthood. When all aspects of this new way of marriage
were considered, the scientists came to one simple conclusion. Bad relationships
hurt children, no matter what the parents are like. Happy homes where
the parents are satisfied with each other are always going to raise happier
children. So whatever your sexual orientation, you can have happy children
if you simply work hard to show them that you love each other. If you
have more questions about a California divorce or paternity action affecting
your child custody time, or any other family law questions, then contact a
Los Angeles family law attorney today!