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Study: Children of gay couples have better ‘general health’ than those with straight parents

Joseph McCormick July 7, 2014
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A study has found that gay parents provide children with better “general health and family cohesion”, than children of straight parents.

The study by the University of Melbourne, which looked at 315 parents and 500 children, found that in terms of those two factors, children being raised by gay couples did better by 6 percentage points.

Raw Story reported that most of the parents featured in the study were lesbians.

Lead researcher Simon Crouch, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.:”That’s really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems that same-sex parent families and the children in them are getting along well, and this has positive impacts on child health.”

The preliminary findings from the Australian study from the University of Melbourne, released last year, further dispelled the idea that children do better with opposite sex parents, rather than being raised by a gay couple.

His decision to conduct the study was prompted by politicians on both sides of the equal marriage and adoption debate asserted that children did better when raised by a straight couple.

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