RaiseAChild.US Releases Video Answer to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Who Believe No Data Exists on Same-Sex Parenting

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New Video Cites Three Decades of Research on Quality and Effects of LGBT Parenting

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia feels there is no scientific answer to whether same-sex parenting is harmful to the child.

Not only is there this giant body of experience and evidence out there in the world, but literally in these cases there is unrefuted evidence.

As the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue rulings on two landmark cases affecting marriage equality for gays and lesbians, the spotlight on LGBT-led families brightens. RaiseAChild.US, a nonprofit that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption, has just released a video answering the pressing questions posed by Justices Scalia and Kennedy.

During the March 26, 2013 oral arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry [12-144], the two justices tied marriage equality closely to parenting. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said, “There’s considerable disagreement among sociologists as to what the consequences of raising a child in a single-sex family… whether that is harmful to the child or not… it is certainly true that there is no scientific answer to that question at this point in time.” Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy echoed Scalia’s assertion that the research into outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents is limited.

“Not only is there this giant body of experience and evidence out there in the world, but literally in these cases there is unrefuted evidence,” counters Evan Wolfson, founder of the nonprofit organization Freedom to Marry. He is referring to the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, which since 1986 has followed a cohort of planned lesbian families with children conceived through donor insemination.

“Our study is now in its twenty-seventh year,” says Nanette Gartrell, MD, visiting distinguished scholar at The Williams Institute at UCLA. “We interviewed their mothers for the first time before they were even born. The most recent round of data gathering occurred when they were 17 years old [and] found that they were doing very well academically… they had very strong friendship networks [and were] very closely bonded with their families,” she said.

Just one week before the Justices’ remarks, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage, saying it is in the best interests of children. The academy’s review of scientific literature began more than four years ago, and the result is a 10-page report with 60 citations.

“Thankfully, Justice Kennedy identified a key issue in the case,” says John Ireland, RaiseAChild co-founder and Media Director. “He spoke of ‘the immediate legal injury.. to some 40,000 children in California’ currently living with same-sex parents.” Ireland is referring to Kennedy’s statement, “They want their parents to have full recognition and full status. The voice of those children is important in this case, don’t you think?”

“We think the voices of the children of LGBT parents are very important,” says Rich Valenza, founder and CEO of RaiseAChild. “Children thrive when they are supported by good parents and sensible law. All children deserve a safe, loving and permanent home. It is time to show leadership in the best interest of the children. It is time to acknowledge that LGBT people have an established history of raising happy, healthy, and successful families.”

RaiseAChild’s video documenting this topic can be viewed at http://www.RaiseAChild.US

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(1)(4) U.S. Supreme Court, 3/26/2013
http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio_detail.aspx?argument=12-144
(2) U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, 2012
http://www.nllfs.org/
(3) American Academy of Pediatrics, 4/12/2013
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/4/e1374.full

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