Study: Adolescent Children Of Lesbian Parents Are Just As Well-Adjusted As Peers From Opposite-Sex Couples

Iowan Zach Wahls testified last year about being raised by lesbian moms.

A new study from the University of Amsterdam and the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study examined the quality of life of 17 year olds raised in lesbian-parent families and found them to be as happy and well-adjusted as those raised by opposite-sex parents:

In conclusion, the reported [Quality of Life] for adolescent offspring in planned lesbian families is similar to that reported by the matched adolescents in heterosexual-parent families. This finding supports earlier evidence that adolescents reared by lesbian mothers from birth do not manifest more adjustment difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, and disruptive behaviors) than those reared by heterosexual parents.

In addition, the study found that the children of lesbian couples who separate do not experience the same behavioral problems as children of divorced heterosexual couples. Researchers conclude this is because lesbian parents are more likely to share custody after separating and shared child rearing is associated with more favorable outcomes. The only distinguishing experience that the children of lesbians faced was being treated unfairly by classmates, teachers, extended family, and other adults because of their family’s make-up.

Given the recent flurry of claims that being “fatherless” should be a concern for the children of lesbian couples, this timely study confirms that what children truly need is two committed parents. If opponents of same-sex marriage truly cared about the well-being of children, they would focus on minimizing the anti-gay stigma against them rather than working to reinforce it.