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Friday, February 19, 2010

Study: Children With Same-Sex Parents Worse Off

Here's something you won't see discussed on CNN, MSNBC or any other major news agency.

From Catholic News Agency: Children With Same-Sex Parents Prone To Suicide, Study Reveals

A study presented at the symposium in Mexico, “Homosexual Adoption: What Science Has Discovered,” revealed that most children adopted by same-sex couples display “greater levels of stress,” and suffer from “suicidal tendencies and attempts.”

The symposium was organized by the Mexican Institute on Sexual Orientation, “Renacer,” in order to provide scientific information about homosexuality, homosexual adoptions and their impact on child development.

During his presentation, George A. Rekers, Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina, said that “boys and girls adopted by lesbian and homosexual couples show a greater level of stress than that which is already generated by their status as orphans or children abandoned by their biological parents.” He added that this situation “produces diverse trauma and behavioral disorders that can even lead to suicidal tendencies or attempts.”

“According to various studies containing testimonies from children of homosexual parents, most them of admit to suffering strong emotions, such as fear, anxiety, apprehension, shame and anger in trying to hide from their friends and relatives the homosexuality of their father or mother,” he continued.

Adoptive families

Likewise, addressing the issue of homosexual “marriage,” the study pointed out that “they are significantly and substantially less stable and shorter on average compared with marriages between a man and woman.” Consequently, “homes with a homosexual adult inevitably contribute to substantially higher rate of changes in adoptive homes.”

“Due to the high incidence of psychological disorders among children who enter the adoptive care system,” those “living with a practicing homosexual in the adoptive home,” are especially “ vulnerable to psychological damage and an increasing inability to adapt,” Rekers said.

Granted, this is only one study, and more collaborative work needs to be done to support the position that gay adoption is damaging and detrimental to children. The study was sufficient in one instance, though, because the article later stated that Dr Rekers' work "...was the basis for rulings in the state of Florida prohibiting the adoption of minors by same-sex couples." Still - it's encouraging to see a secular study affirm Catholic teaching:

(From the Vatican document "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons")

As experience has shown, the absence of sexual complementarity in these unions creates obstacles in the normal development of children who would be placed in the care of such persons. They would be deprived of the experience of either fatherhood or motherhood. Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. This is gravely immoral and in open contradiction to the principle, recognized also in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that the best interests of the child, as the weaker and more vulnerable party, are to be the paramount consideration in every case.

It's possible to see how the gay activist community will spin this study. Proponents for adoption by gay couples will argue that the children feel stress because their shame stems from society's perception of their same-sex parents. In other words, the prevalent Christian attitude towards same-sex marriage/couples - that it's immoral, wrong and decadent - is what's causing the shame and embarrassment, not the relationship itself.

And of course that's a lie. I think children inherently know that having two moms or two dads is not normative nor is it optimal. Which is why gay activists are working hard to indoctrinate kids at a young age in the public schools, to convince them that being gay is normal and even good. That being heterosexual is just an option among other options, and not the "normal setting", as it were. That being opposed to same-sex marriage is discriminatory.

But being opposed to same-sex marriage is not discriminatory - the basis for the objection is multi-faceted: to preserve traditional marriage; to protect children; to ensure stability in society. Note that none of those reasons are religious. And as this scientific study seems to show, the results support the reasons for the objection. Kids.Get.Hurt. Even to the point of contemplating suicide.

But the gay activists will vehemently object and probably conduct their own study. And the result of their study will be this: they will state that more time is needed to change the perceptions and squash the Judeo-Christian views of sexual morality - eliminate them, to be more accurate - so that kids aren't traumatized by having homosexual parents. Which means more kids would have to be sacrificed upon the altar of political correctedness and deviant behavior as attitudes are adjusted and mores are marginalized. All the while, the activists will be pointing their fingers at the "bigoted homophobic Christians" - folks like us - accusing us of fomenting an environment of hate and fear, the sort of environment that causes damage to the children.

And yet it's the Church who is backing out of adoption services - first in Massachusetts, most recently in Washington DC - because the act itself of placing adoptive children with same-sex couples is what is damaging. The Church's moral stance, embedded in natural law, is not the damaging agent here. The Church's stance is objectively true. The position of the gay activists is objectively disordered. No amount of spin, hyperbole or conjecture will ever change that reality.

Erin Manning at And Sometimes Tea published a great post yesterday about how children have become the innocent pawns in the gay activists' end game. It's worth your time, and dovetails with this CNA story. (If you go there, leave her a comment - tell her I sent you!)