Monday, October 27, 2014

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary FRC's Sprigg claims, as FACT, that gay couples are not good parents

Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council
Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council
According to Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council, Fact, not opinion - hetero parents better for kids than same-sex parents. The piece appears on the “news” blog of American Family Association. According to Rev. Sprigg:
Children raised by opposite-sex married parents experience lower rates of many social pathologies, including: 1) premarital childbearing; 2) illicit drug use; 3) arrest; 4) health, emotional or behavioral problems; 5) poverty and 6) school failure or expulsion.
For the above, Sprigg cites a statement from the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) which is not to be confused with the real professional organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which, by the way, filed an amicus brief in United States v. Windsor in support of same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting. The pretender (ACP) is classified as a hate group by the SPLC. According to tax filings the AAP has an annual budget of $105 million. Sprigg's ACP has an annual budget of $75 thousand which could not fund research to be published in a neighborhood weekly.

The piece goes on to assert:
Because same-sex “married” couples only came into existence in the United States within the past decade — Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004 — there isn't a preponderance of research directly comparing opposite-sex married couples to homosexual married couples. However, Sprigg notes one credible study conducted before the turn of the century which speaks to childrearing by straight and homosexual parents.
Sprigg's “study” is from 1996 by an unnamed Australian. Apparently it is not published in a peer reviewed scholarly journal. In other words it is dated bullshit.

According to recent research in Australia (as long as you mention it) of 500 children raised in same-sex households, by Dr. Simon Crouch, in July of 2013:
An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.

However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well a family gets along.
A year later (June, 2014) they published their conclusions:
Australian children with same-sex attracted parents score higher than population samples on a number of parent-reported measures of child health. Perceived stigma is negatively associated with mental health. Through improved awareness of stigma these findings play an important role in health policy, improving child health outcomes.
The bottom line is that, if you really care about the wellbeing of children then you should be a proponent of same-sex marriage recognition. The children of same-sex parents would certainly benefit from having married parents.

Note: Peter Sprigg's employer, Family Research Council and his outlet for this piece, American Family Association, are designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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