Lesbian and Gay Families with Children: Implications of Social Science Research for Policy

University of Virginia
Journal of Social Issues (Impact Factor: 1.96). 04/2010; 52(3):29 - 50. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1996.tb01578.x

ABSTRACT In this paper, we provide an overview of variability across jurisdictions in family law relevant to lesbian and gay parents and their children, showing that some courts have been negatively disposed to these families. We summarize recent research findings suggesting that lesbian and gay parents are as likely as are heterosexual parents to provide home environments that support positive outcomes among children. Research findings suggest that unless and until the weight of evidence can be shown to have shifted, parental sexual orientation should be considered irrelevant to disputes involving child custody, visitation, foster care, and adoption.

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