Gay or straight, the sexual orientation of adoptive parents does not have an impact on the emotional development of their children, according to a new study.None of this is a surprise, and fits fine with previous studies showing that gay parents raise healthy happy children (even maybe healthier than straights'?) As the new story says,
But researchers said that if parents were satisfied with the adoption process, had a stable income and functioned well as a family the risk of emotional problems in children were reduced.
"We found that sexual orientation of the adoptive parents was not a significant predictor of emotional problems," Paige Averett, an assistant professor of social work at East Carolina University, said in a statement.
"We did find, however, that age and pre-adoptive sexual abuse were," she added.
"We must pay attention to the data indicating that gay and lesbian parents are as fit as heterosexual parents to adopt," Averett added, "because at least 130,000 children are depending on us to act as informed advocates on their behalf."