Some of them are adopted. Some of them are conceived from in vitro fertilization with our gametes. And some are children from our previous, straight relationships.
A new ABCnews article discusses the two mommies/two daddies families. Interesting fact the first:
Of the 270,000 children living with same-sex parents, about 65,000 are adopted. Most, like other Americans, are in two-child families.
Fact the second:
Twenty percent of gay couples have children under 18.
Fact the third:
about 4% of all adoptive parents are gay couples
Fact the fourth: the kids are doing just fine.
Data collected as part of the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study have shown few differences in psychosexual development, psychological adjustment and overall well-being.
"Boys seem to do as well as girls," said Dr. Nanette Gartrell, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and principal investigator in the 23-year study.
"Most offspring of same-sex parents are heterosexual as adults," she told ABCNews.com. "By the time our study kids were 10 years old, they demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of diversity and tolerance, and an appreciation of the destructive effects of discrimination."
There's a group for kids with gay parents: COLAGE (Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere)