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Luxembourg: Petition to stall equal marriage with referendum fails

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  • Madgeographer

    Well done, Luxembourg!

    What has children rights have to do with gay marriage and adoption. Please! If anything, a possibility of home for many of them.

    And why do they assume that gay parents are bad parents?

    • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

      Adopted children raised by same sex couples have usually been either abandoned by their opposite sex biological parents or have had them forcibly removed by the state because of abuse and neglect, and placed into care. Children aren’t always better off with their biological parents, if those parents fall so woefully short of the mark as to abuse or neglect their own offspring.

      Outwith the adoption scenario is the situation where one or other, or sometimes both of the partners of a same sex couple have had their own biological children from a failed attempt to conform via a heterosexual marriage and have had custody awarded them by the state.

      There is research dating back decades to support the view that children are in no greater danger when raised by same sex couples than they are when raised by opposite sex couples. Evidence shows that children do better when raised by two parents than when raised by only one, but there is no discernible difference made by the gender of the two parents.

      Who better to listen to about the results of same sex parenting, than the kids themselves:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSQQK2Vuf9Q (Zach Wahls)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqiTt7mfsQ (Riley Roberts)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qf0puHJ-KM (“Two Fathers” song)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9x_E7Gj2qw (“Two Gay Dads”)

      More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment.

      We can turn to a host of experts and research findings on the topic including:

      American Academy of Pediatrics
      American Psychiatric Association
      American Psychological Association
      National Association of Social Workers

      Starting with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which said the following about same-sex parenting:

      http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/4/e1374.full

      “There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents. The rights, benefits, and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen these families.”

      • Madgeographer

        I will use this whenever I encounter bigoted views. Thanks for providing me with good ammunition. Please write more here if you can add some more useful information. Thanks :D

        • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

          OK! I was hesitant before because of the sheer volume of information – but here goes:

          Here is a sample list of US based organisations that are known to support LGBT families: The United Nations, The American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Anthropological Association, World Health Organisation, American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, North American Council on Adoptable Children, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Council on Child and Adolescent Health, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health America, California Psychological Association, American Counselling Association, American Sociological Association, American School Health Association, National Association of School Psychologists, not to mention countless universities, local governments, labor unions, and virtually every human rights organisation that exists.

          http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/breaking-largest-study-of-children-raised-by-same-sex-parents-shows-theyre-healthier-than-their-peers/politics/2013/06/05/68146

        • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

          and more:
          The American Psychiatric Association:

          “Numerous studies over the last three decades consistently demonstrate that children raised by gay or lesbian parents exhibit the same level of emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as children raised by heterosexual parents. This research indicates that optimal development for children is based not on the sexual orientation of the parents, but on stable attachments to committed and nurturing adults. The research also shows that children who have two parents, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientations, do better than children with only one parent.”

          AND the American Psychological Association – which passed a lengthy resolution on this issue. The key parts of that resolution are below:

          “WHEREAS
          there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation: lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children (citing research by Patterson, 2000, 2004; Perrin, 2002; Tasker,1999);

          “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 (Patterson, 2004; Perrin, 2002; Stacey & Biblarz, 2001);
          “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the APA opposes any discrimination based on sexual orientation in matters of adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care, and reproductive health services;

          “THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the APA believes that children reared by a same-sex couple benefit from legal ties to each parent;

          “THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the APA supports the protection of parent-child relationships through the legalization of joint adoptions and second parent adoptions of children being reared by same-sex couples;

          “THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA shall take a leadership role in opposing all discrimination based on sexual orientation in matters of adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care, and reproductive health services”

          NEXT, the National Association of Social Workers:
          “Anyone who wishes to examine the 20 years of peer-reviewed studies on the emotional, cognitive and behavioral outcomes of children of gay and lesbian parents will find not one shred of evidence that children are harmed by their parents’ sexual orientation.

          “The empirical and clinical evidence suggesting same-sex parents are equivalent to heterosexual parents in their ability to care for children and provide loving homes is so compelling that there is a growing consensus among legal and child welfare experts that there is no rational basis to deny adoption to gay and lesbian couples solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

          AND the results of a study by the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Amsterdam, in which children were followed from their adoption by same-sex couples during infancy through to adulthood – 17 years in all. Their finding was that children raised by same-sex parents “were rated significantly higher in social, school/academic, and total competence and significantly lower in social problems, rule-breaking, aggressive, and externalizing problem behavior than their age-matched counterparts in Achenbach’s normative sample of American youth.” This study was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics three years ago.

          In Australia:
          About 11% of Australian gay men and 33% of lesbians have children. Children may have been conceived in the context of previous heterosexual relationships, or raised from birth by a co-parenting gay or lesbian couple or single parent.

          Overall, research to date considerably challenges the point of view that same-sex parented families are harmful to children. Children in such families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as their peers from heterosexual couple families.

          Some researchers have concluded there are benefits for children raised by lesbian couples in that they experience higher quality parenting, sons display greater gender flexibility, and sons and daughters display more open-mindedness towards sexual, gender and family diversity.
          The possible effect of important socio-economic family factors, such as income and parental education, were not always considered in the studies reviewed in this paper.
          Although many Australian lesbian-parented families appear to be receiving good support from their health care providers, there is evidence that more could be done to develop policies and practices supportive of same-sex parented families in the Australian health, education, child protection and foster care systems.

          Additional key messages, relating to specific family structures and psychosocial outcomes for children raised by lesbian and gay parents, are included throughout the paper.

          http://www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/pubs/papers/a145197/index.html

  • Anders3000

    I was just in Luxembourg on the weekend. It is a beautiful place and a lot of the locals seemed to have a relaxed attitude. It would be great to see equal marriage come into effect soon as currently even their own Prime Minister cannot marry his long-term partner.

  • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

    Adopted children raised by same sex couples have usually been either abandoned by their opposite sex biological parents or have had them forcibly removed by the state because of abuse and neglect, and placed into care. Children aren’t always better off with their biological parents, if those parents fall so woefully short of the mark as to abuse or neglect their own offspring.

    Outwith the adoption scenario is the situation where one or other, or sometimes both of the partners of a same sex couple have have separately conceived their own biological children from a failed attempt to conform via a heterosexual marriage and have had custody awarded them by the state.

    There is research dating back decades to support the view that children are in no greater danger when raised by same sex couples than they are when raised by opposite sex couples. Evidence shows that children do better when raised by two parents than when raised by only one, but there is no discernible difference made by the gender of the two parents.

    Who better to listen to about the results of same sex parenting, than the kids themselves:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSQQK2Vuf9Q (Zach Wahls)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqiTt7mfsQ (Riley Roberts)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qf0puHJ-KM (“Two Fathers” song)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9x_E7Gj2qw (“Two Gay Dads”)

    More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment.

    We can turn to a host of experts and research findings on the topic including:

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Psychiatric Association
    American Psychological Association
    National Association of Social Workers

    Starting with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which said the following about same-sex parenting:

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/4/e1374.full

    “There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents. The rights, benefits, and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen these families.”

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