Although I consider myself a libertarian, I am not in favor of children being raised by same-sex couples, for the same reason that I am not in favor of abortion. If that means I am not a true libertarian, so be it. I believe we should follow the common, or natural, law. Such law includes protecting the rights of all to life. Such law had validated the preservation of a family unit with one father and one mother as the best for raising happy and healthy children who will perpetuate a healthy society. Not to just riff on gays, we have already seen the devastating effects in single-parent homes, especially homes with single mothers. Why do we wish to expand what isn’t working instead of working to return to what did and does?
A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.
There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.
Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates…
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