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In their latest display of utter douchebaggery and f**kwittery, NOM is still trying to push Mark Regnerus' study.

In response to a photo of two men holding a baby at the Toronto Pride Parade, they would like to reiterate the following:

Compared with children raised by their married biological parents, children raised in same-sex households are much more likely to have received welfare growing up, have lower educational attainment, report less safety and security in their family of origin, report more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin, are more likely to suffer from depression, and have been arrested more often.

The study also showed that children of lesbian mothers are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance than children raised by their biological parents. Regnerus' study clearly shows that the ideal home for a child is with his or her mother and father.

It might show that, but a study's findings don't mean much if the study is utter crap. Let's see what the experts have to say about it:
It's bullshit.
Darren Sherkat, professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
The Regnerus study obscures the fact that it did not specifically examine children raised by two same-sex parents. Accordingly, it cannot speak to the impact of same-sex parenting on child outcomes.
American Sociological Association
[T]he conclusions he draws from his study of gay parenting are fundamentally flawed on conceptual and methodological grounds[.]
University of Texas at Austin
"... entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration."
Bernard Friedman, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

Now let's have a look at some real science. From ThinkProgress LGBT:

It's the rallying cry for opponents of same-sex marriage: "Every child deserves a mom or [should be 'and'] a dad." But a major new study finds that kids raised by same-sex couples actually do a bit better "than the general population on measures of "general heal and family cohesion."

The study, conducted in Australia by University of Melbourne researchers "surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children." The children in the study scored six percent higher than Australian kids in the general population. The advantages held up "when controlling for a number of sociodemographic factors such as parent education and household income." The study was the largest of its kind in the world.

The lead researcher, Dr. Simon Crouch, noted that in same-sex couples parents have to "take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes." According to Crouch, this leads to a "more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and well being."

The "kids do better with a mom and a dad" argument is completely destroyed, but don't expect NOM to stop using it any time soon.

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