In a study that will undoubtedly be ignored by the mainstream media, sociologist Paul Sullins – working from a U.S. National Health Interview Survey – has concluded that children are better off with heterosexual parents. Sullins, whose findings have been published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioral Science, says that “Emotional problems are over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.”
One study doesn’t say it all, but this is the first legitimate social science report that dares to buck the politically correct wisdom over gay marriage and adoption. It is also some of the first real work we’ve gotten when it comes to the difference between children raised by homosexual couples and those raised in traditional households. Seeing as how the conclusions are contrary to the popular, LGBT propaganda, it will only see the bright spotlight of mainstream coverage if the media can find critics to savage it.
According to Sullins, the emotional problems experienced by children of same-sex parentage include depression, misbehavior, poor social skills, excessive worrying, and difficulty concentrating. In his findings, however, Sullins also manages to cast a question mark over adoption in general. According to the research, “the primary benefit of marriage for children may not be that it tends to present them with improved parents, but that it presents them with their own parents.”
Naturally, most adopted children in both same-sex and opposite-sex households came from situations where their original parents had to give them up for one reason or another. In that light, it is perhaps unfair to compare emotional outcomes. Clearly, an adopted child is better off than one left to flounder as a ward of the state, even if the adoptive parents are not ideal.
A New Set of Questions
Still, the findings do raise some interesting questions when it comes to some other, less-common scenarios. Surrogacy, for instance. And they certainly provide an interesting contrast with the LGBT insistence that same-sex parentage is every bit as good as traditional parentage. Whether the study ever finds the mainstream or not, it’s good to see that social science hasn’t completely closed the door to conclusions that happen to fall along conservative lines.
Will Sullins’ work change the paradigm in the U.S., where same-sex marriage is spreading like wildfire across the country? Probably not. Even if it becomes a talking point in Christian and conservative circles, it’s unlikely to make much of a difference in the broader spectrum. This issue has been decided. The traditionalists have lost. The Supreme Court will almost certainly put the final nail in the anti-gay marriage coffin this summer, and that will be that.
But as we’ve seen when it comes to abortion, sex education, pop culture, and many other areas, liberal victories often leave the country worse off than it was before. Eventually, there may come a breaking point. Conservatism hasn’t seen its final day in the sun just yet. The truth – hurt though it may – can’t be ignored forever.