Scientific evidence that same-sex parenting does not harm children

There is no evidence that having same-sex parents harms children in any way, a new comprehensive review finds.

In the new review, Jimi Adams, PhD, an associate professor of health and behavioral studies at the University of Colorado Denver, said he wanted to find out if children suffered any disadvantages simply because their parents were of the same sex.
Adams’ team analyzed data from thousands of studies on the issue. The data overwhelming found that children of same-sex parents do not differ from those of heterosexual or single parents on a range of social and behavioral outcomes.

According to the research, which was published in the journal Social Science Research, by 1990 a consensus between researchers on the issue began to emerge, and by 2000 “overwhelming” consensus had been reached that same-sex parenting does not harm children.

“As same-sex marriage has been debated in courts across the country, there has been the lingering question about the effects of same-sex parenting on children,” Adams said in a university news release. “I found overwhelming evidence that scientists agree that there is not a negative impact to children of same-sex couples,” he said.

Referenc: Adams J and Light R. Scientific consensus, the law, and same sex parenting outcomes. Soc Sci Res. 2015; 53: 300-310.

One Donor = 150 Half-Siblings


Cynthia Daily and her partner used a sperm donor to conceive a baby seven years ago, and they hoped that one day their son would get to know some of his half siblings — an extended family of sorts for modern times.

So Ms. Daily searched a Web-based registry for other children fathered by the same donor and helped to create an online group to track them. Over the years, she watched the number of children in her son’s group grow.

And grow.

Today there are 150 children, all conceived with sperm from one donor, in this group of half siblings, and more are on the way. “It’s wild when we see them all together — they all look alike,” said Ms. Daily, 48, a social worker in the Washington area who sometimes vacations with other families in her son’s group.

Thanks to Kedmobee for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community.

Learning your sister is someone else’s twin…..

Thirty-seven years ago, identical twins Begona and Delia were born at almost the same time as another infant named Beatriz in a hospital in the Canary Islands. Due to a hospital mistake, one of the twins was switched with Beatriz.

“This caused the single child [Beatriz] to grow up with the wrong set of parents and caused an unrelated pair of girls to grow up in a family thinking all their lives that they were fraternal twins,” says Nancy Segal, a psychologist at California State University, Fullerton.

 the twins didn’t meet until they were 28 years old — an observant retail clerk confused one of them for the other one, who was her good friend.

“A meeting was arranged for that evening, and it turns out that these two twins who had been separated for 28 years realized that they really belonged together,” Segal says. “DNA tests followed, the twin-ship was confirmed, and everyone’s life just fell apart.”

The twins themselves were also shocked and overwhelmed at the number of similarities they shared, despite being raised in separate environments with separate families.

“They had a similar way of walking, and they had similar tastes and opinions on many, many topics,” Segal says. “They had similar tastes in clothing.”

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