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Does it really matter whether a child is raised by a single mom, two moms, two dads or a mom and a dad? That’s a debate that is gaining attention as more and more states move to allow same-sex marriage.
Dr. Douglas Allen is an economist at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He studies family makeup and its impact on children, the economy and culture. His most recent work has included a replication of a study that claims children in same-sex households fare no differently than those raised in homes with a married mother and father. After making several corrections in methodology, Allen and his team discovered something extraordinary:
“Gender composition matters a lot in a household,” Allen told CitizenLink. “Moms probably do something that’s a lot different than dads. If you’re a child, there are times in your life when you really need a mom’s input, and there are other times you need a dad’s input; and those times are probably different for boys and for girls.”
For instance, in the area of academic achievement, Allen’s findings favor kids in households with a married mother and father.
“It turns out,” he said, “that with a child in a same-sex household, the odds of them failing a grade are about 35 percent higher than if you were in an opposite-sex married household. And it’s statistically significant.”
While no economists challenged Allen’s findings, the blogosphere lit up when his research was published.
“So people immediately, almost like the next day, were blogging that the study was ‘worthless,’” he said, “that ‘he made this mistake’ or ‘that mistake.’ Almost all of these things were just entirely made up and false, but in the blogosphere you can say whatever you want.”
Glenn Stanton, director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, said Allen’s replication findings are spot on.
“All things being equal, children with married parents consistently do better in every measure of wellbeing than their peers who have single, cohabiting, divorced or step-parents,” he said. “This is a stronger indicator than parental race, economic or educational status, or neighborhood. The literature on this is broad and strong.”
Allen said there is a lot more research to be done on the subject.
“It’s going to take a long time,” he said. “It took 35 to 40 years to figure out the effects of no-fault divorce; it will take 35-to-40 years to figure out the effects of same-sex marriage.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read “Does same-sex parenting really make ‘no difference’?” by Dr. Douglas Allen.
Read “The Regnerus Debate,” by Dr. Douglas Allen.
Read “Study: Children of Parents in Same-Sex Relationships Face Greater Risks.”
Read “Friday 5: Mark Regnerus.”
Read “Why Not Same-Sex Parenting?”
A district judge in Arkansas has stuck down the state marriage amendment that defines the institution as a union between one woman and one man. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he would appeal the decision.
At least one county has started issuing marriage licenses. Other county clerks said they will wait for further instruction before taking action.
Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht said the judge’s decision has put the state in “a quandary.”
“This trial judge in a state court in Arkansas declared their marriage amendment — that was passed in 2004 by 75 percent of the population — to be unconstitutional under both the state and federal constitutions,” Hausknecht explained.
But tellingly, the judge did not put the decision on hold pending an appeal. That would have stopped the issuance of marriage licenses.
“In the meantime, these county clerks are being overwhelmed by the requests for same-sex marriage licenses.”
The question now: What will happen to all these marriage licenses once McDaniel appeals the decision?
“It all depends,” Hausknecht said. “We’ve already seen a couple of states where they treated it differently. There’s Utah, where they said, ‘We’re going to treat these as if they’re valid. And another state where they said, ‘We’re going to treat these as if they never happened.’ This creates a lot of confusion and guarantees another lawsuit of some kind.”
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Glenn Stanton did an excellent job speaking last week Thursday in Bismarck with his topic, “Marriage is a Feminist institution”. We will have many more speakers like Glenn Stanton, presenting on topics related to marriage, life, family, and much more at our future Family Values Forums. More information to come soon on future events!
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