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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:32 pm

To The Editor:

In “Children Issue in Same-Sex Couples” published 3/9/2013, Mr. Trigg claims “Numerous studies have shown and common sense dictates that children mature and flourish best in a traditional family of one father and one mother.”

In looking for these supporting “numerous studies,” I discovered a meta-analysis from the academic peer-reviewed Journal of Marriage and Family titled “How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?” which found “Claims that children need both a mother and a father presume that women and men parent differently in ways crucial to development but generally rely on studies that conflate gender with other family structure variables. . .

“The gender of parents correlates in novel ways with parent-child relationships but has minor significance for children’s psychological adjustment and social success.” http://facweb.northseattle.edu/avoorhies/Gender/Readings/Development/How%20does%20the%20gender%20of%20parents%20matter.pdf

Furthermore, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a policy statement echoing the above: “. . . Whereas research has shown that the adjustment, development and psychological well-being of children is unrelated to parental sexual orientation and that the children of lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those of heterosexual parents to flourish . . . Therefore be it further resolved that APA encourages psychologists to act to eliminate all discrimination based on sexual orientation in matters of adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care, and reproductive health services in their practice, research, education and training . . .”

This statement and referenced supporting studies can be found at http://www.apa.org/about/policy/parenting.aspx

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