Concerned Women for America’s Janice Crouse described same-sex marriage as “contrary to human nature” and “the strength of the nation,” but acknowledged that Americans are becoming more tolerant of marriage equality, during an appearance on Washington Journal this morning. “The truth of the matter is there is an awful lot of families who have homosexual members and people are very hesitant to speak out about the issue,” she said, “[but] we speak out because we care very deeply about children.” Crouse went on to argue that every study has shown that children do better with a mother and a father and became visibly agitated when the host offered research to contradict her claim:
HOST: You talked about some of the studies that have been done. This from Time Magazine…a study shows that children of lesbians can actually do better than their peers…It looked at how children fared who are raised by same-sex female couples and it talk about how they actually not only did as well…[and] scored higher than children in heterosexual families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems.
CROUSE: That’s strictly propaganda. When you look at the studies that have been done in mainstream universities, you see a completely different story. I just really hate to see isolated studies like that. When you have overwhelming research from American researchers and universities that contradict that kind of thing, how dare they put that out as though that’s an overwhelming finding? I don’t know what you’re referring to there, but I would be willing to bet that there are some flaws in that methodology.
The lesbian parenting study is part of the mainstream scientific consensus. The research was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Pediatrics and conducted by scientists at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Amsterdam. In fact, scholars, at USC and New York University recently considered a range of existing studies, including research on gay and lesbian parents, and found that while it’s ideal for a child to be raised by two parents who are “responsible, committed, stable,” the parents’ gender “doesn’t cause radical differences.” The American Psychological Association has similarly concluded that “beliefs that lesbian and gay adults are not fit parents have no empirical foundation. Lesbian and heterosexual women have not been found to differ markedly in their approaches to child rearing.”
Conservatives often prefer to cite a government study — which found better health outcomes among children in nuclear families — as proof that gay couples should be prohibited from adopting children, but as Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) explained during the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, that research included same-sex couples in its definition of family.