Gay par­ent­ing study has been de­bunked

The Queensland Times - - NEWS | OPINION - — BRODIE PEARCE Race­view

RE: Clive Green­sill (QT 13/09), the study you ref­er­ence re­gard­ing “gay par­ent­ing” may well be the largest sam­ple size to date but it has also been widely de­bunked.

The study is based on sur­vey data from the US from 1997-2013 of chil­dren, a tiny por­tion of which were liv­ing with same-sex par­ents at the pre­cise time the sur­vey was taken.

It doesn’t ac­tu­ally de­tail the sta­bil­ity or longevity of those ar­range­ments at the time the sur­vey was taken and also doesn’t ad­dress so­ci­etal ef­fects.

The va­lid­ity of data from as early as 1997 US is also ques­tion­able given com­mu­nity mood to­wards same-sex cou­ples is so con­stantly chang­ing; those par­ent­ing ar­range­ments are po­ten­tially more sta­ble if there is wider so­ci­etal/com­mu­nity ac­cep­tance and em­brace.

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