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The Christian Newswire reports that, despite the claim by homosexual activists to the contrary, children raised by homosexual “parents” are significantly more likely to self-identify as homosexual themselves.

The story follows the work of Dr. Trayce Hansen who set out to review the social sciences that purported to support the homosexual agenda.  That body of research suggested that there is little to no difference between children raised with their married mom and dad and homosexual “parents.”  What Dr. Hansen found was remarkable indeed:

Findings from the best and most recent twin studies have found that homosexuality, unlike eye color, is not genetically-caused. But there are a number of non-genetic mechanisms through which homosexuality could be transmitted from one generation to the next. Those mechanisms include role-modeling, social learning and differential reinforcement, as well as outright encouragement of non-heterosexuality by parents or others.

In fact, Dr. Hansen reviewed the pro-homosexual social science studies typically referred to by those within the pro-homosexual agenda.  Her, “A Review and Analysis of Research Studies Which Assessed Sexual Preference of Children Raised by Homosexuals” revealed that:

Pro-homosexual researchers frequently claim studies find “no differences” between children raised by homosexuals and heterosexuals. Amazingly, these claims are made in the abstracts of research studies that actually uncovered differences (Williams, 2000). The tendency to deny or downplay differences has been noted by pro-homosexual parenting researchers. After reviewing 21 studies, Stacey and Biblarz (2001) concluded that in regards to gender, sexual behavior and sexual preference, homosexually parented children are different from heterosexually parented children. But despite such findings, many continue to proclaim “no differences” in order to galvanize support for homosexual access to fertility services, adoption, custody, and same-sex marriage. Encouraging support for a cause is fine, as long as the information being disseminated is true. But in this case, it isn’t.

In fact, according to Dr. Hansen, a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, the research depended upon to support causes such as same-sex “marriage,” hate speech, anti-bullying laws, and “hate crimes” is fraught with problems.  In fact, Dr. Hansen suggests that because there are so many flaws within the methodology for these pro-homosexual studies, there is a great need for more research.  As Dr. Hansen notes:

. . . the methodological flaws in the existing homosexual-parenting studies (including small, non-representative samples, lack of control groups, and non-longitudinal designs) highlight the need for scientifically rigorous and unbiased research, so that more definitive conclusions concerning sexual and gender identity outcomes of homosexually parented children can be drawn.

Her review of the nine most popular, pro-homosexual studies concludes that, “children raised by homosexuals appear to be about seven times more likely to develop homosexual or bisexual preferences than children raised by heterosexuals.”  With that, Dr. Hansen puts to rest any argument suggesting that children raised by homosexual parents are without distinction from those raised with their married mom and dad.

One might be quick to criticize Dr. Hansen’s work, suggesting that it is biased in and of itself.  Such a criticism would be unfair and incorrect.  In fact, Dr. Hansen suggest the purpose of her study:

The purpose of this review is to ensure that research findings regarding outcomes for homosexually parented children are honestly and forthrightly revealed to the public. Although greatly flawed, the research studies we have to date suggest that non-heterosexuals are far more likely to raise non-heterosexual children than heterosexuals. If long-standing sociopolitical opinions and legal restrictions regarding homosexual parenting are to be changed, it’s only right it be done by a fully informed citizenry.

Indeed, as judges continue to force the will of less than 2% of the US population upon the rest of society and politicians overrule the will of the electorate, such judicial activism and political hypocrisy ought to at least be justified upon honest and forthright evidence.

But, as California’s recent debacle proves, that is not to be the case.  Despite all indications to the contrary, judges and politicians deign it appropriate to overrule the will of the people and set a government policy that deprives children of a mom and a dad.  In reality, the social science suggests that children who grow up in a home without a married mom and dad are more likely to do drugs, abuse alcohol, have premature sex, and have a higher incidence of crime.

The reason government gets in the “marriage game” in the first place is to set the parameters by which society is benefited in the first place.  Government disallows polygamous marriages because they know such is a bad model for productive families and, hence, societies.  The same is true with laws on adultery or the prohibition of minors to marry.  The best model for productive families and societies, and hence why laws extend the benefit of government protection, is one in which children live with their married mom and dad.

That is the stuff of good social science and commonsense.  That is, if commonsense is allowed to be informed “honestly and forthrightly” in this the great experiment in self-governance.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

July 1, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Posted in Marriage

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