Our findings revealed, for the first time, that young children adopted early in life by lesbian and gay parents were as well-adjusted as those adopted by heterosexual parents.
That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Virginia. The study followed 106 families, about half of which were headed by gay couples. They found that “…regardless of whether they had one mother and one father, two mothers, or two fathers, children were thriving.”
Luckily only 3 states currently ban gay couples from adopting children: Utah, Mississippi and my home state, Florida. But this is not just about gay adoption. This is about recognizing that families headed by same sex couples can be just as happy and healthy as families headed by heterosexual couples.
We need to encourage strong families by allowing people to marry, regardless of sexual orientation. For more information on the fight for marriage equality in New York, visit New Yorkers for Marriage Equality and our friends at Marriage Equality New York.