Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Gay Parents Actually Do a Better Job Than Straight Parents, Research Indicates
From the files of “well, duh” comes some confirmation that gay parents are often better equipped and overall in a better place to raise children than their heterosexual counterparts.
Of course, if you’ve speculated upon the issue and come to that conclusion your ownself, you probably realize that there’s no inherent reason gay or straight people would be better at the task of raising children, but socioeconomic factors as well as planning do factor in to a couple or person’s preparedness to become a parent. And since gay people are highly unlikely to be confronted with an unplanned pregnancy and the subsequent havoc it can cause, they’re often in a better spot.
Psychiatry experts confirm the supposition that gay parents are very often ready parents, due to the expense and extra effort it takes for a gay couple to even go about getting in the family way:
Gay parents “tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents,” said Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting. Gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals, Goldberg said. “That translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement.”
Do you think the morals of some should supersede the outcomes for all involved when it comes to placing foster and adopted children with gay couples?