Kids raised by same-sex parents and straight parents are the same, study shows

The Furnish-John family is just as well (or poorly) adjusted as yours.
The Furnish-John family is just as well (or poorly) adjusted as yours. Photo: Getty Images

What many already thought has now been scientifically proven. A joint University of Oregon/University of Colorado at Denver study has shown there is no difference in children raised by same-sex or heterosexual parents.

Sociology professor Ryan Light and Dr Jimi Adams canvassed 19,000 studies on same-sex parenting, conducted between 1977 and 2013, before reaching their conclusion. The researchers believe their study is the most thorough one on the subject to date.

Their investigation illuminated divergent scientific opinions existed in the 1980's. These gradually became more uniform to the point of near-agreement by the year 2000, and now, there is "overwhelming" consensus "...that there is no difference between same-sex and different-sex parenting in the psychological, behavioural or educational outcomes of children" said Light.

It comes at a fitting moment in the U.S., where the Supreme Court will soon rule on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Gary Gates, Research Director at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, thinks the legal establishment's views on same-sex parenting are already in line with the study's outcome, but curveballs are always a possibility. "We'll see what happens..." he said.