Sorry, conservatives. According to a new study, same-sex parents are just as capable of raising kids as opposite-sex parents.
Researchers analyzed data from the National Survey of Children's Health, comparing family relationships, parenting stress, and child outcomes in 95 households with demographically similar same-sex female parents against 95 households with different-sex parents.
They even excluded divorced and single parents to ensure all the families studied were as closely related as possible. What they found was what most of us have already long known—that households with same-sex parents are no different from those with different-sex parents.
"This study is the first to use a nationally representative survey to compare the two types of households by focusing only on those with parents that have been in a continuous relationship," said lead author Henny Bos, Ph.D. According to Vox, two other previous studies also found that same-sex parents are just as capable as opposite-sex parents.
One thing to note: While the new investigation didn't find any differences in family relationships and child outcomes, the same-sex parents did report feeling more stress (although there was no difference in the outcomes for their children in terms of health, emotional difficulties, or coping and learning behavior).
Why stress? Study co-author Naneete Gartrell, M.D., said it may have to do with the way same-sex parents are viewed in society. "Future investigations might explore whether the cultural spotlight on child outcomes in same-sex parent families is associated with increased parenting stress," she said. "Some of our earlier studies have shown that lesbian mothers feel pressured to justify the quality of their parenting because of their sexual orientation."
Hopefully, as more studies like this one present further evidence to support same-sex parenting, this won't be true for much longer.