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Gay Parenting Studies

May 23rd, 2011 by G.

Children raised by gay parents are more likely to be gay or bisexual themselves, a study shows. Also, those children are more likely to have their families break up.

The obvious conclusion is that the prophets knew what they were talking about. Gay parenting isn’t good for kids.

But the obvious conclusion may not be the right one. To the extent that male and female homosexuality has a genetic component (still largely uncertain, especially for women), then all this study might be showing is that hereditary happens. Second, if there is an association between homosexuality, especially female homosexuality, and having been abused as a child or otherwise suffered psychological trauma, then all the study about homes breaking up shows is that people with psychological problems don’t make the most stable of parents. And/or are more likely to create kids with psychological problems.

Put not your trust in princes, the scriptures say. “Studies” are the princes of the modern world. While it reassures when studies back up the teachings of the prophets, we must never forget that the human world is actually extremely difficult to study. If it were easier, we might not need prophets.

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May 23rd, 2011 11:08:08
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Vader
May 23, 2011

If humans were easy studies, one wonders by God Himself would bother.


Bookslinger
May 23, 2011

I say the knee of the curve (increase) in incidence of homosexuality will start to be visible 11 years after a state legalizes same-sex marriage.

SSM removes a taboo, essentially removing a barrier to same-sex experimentation, especially for those who are not “hard coded” in their sexual orientation or who by nature are explorers or boundary pushers. First-time sexual experiences have a strong imprinting effect on the sexual makeup of a person.

Also, it may be that pyschologists were wrong in dropping long-held conventional beliefs about what “makes” a homosexual, as in failure of a boy to grow out of the “girls are yucky” stage, or failure to properly bond with a father (if there was one in the home.) The switch to a “born that way” model by the APA was not supported by most of its members at the time, it was a political decision by those who headed the organization.

The link between sexual trauma (molestation, either heterosexual or homosexual) during childhood and homosexuality has long been observed and noted, but is not spoken of due to political correctness. Take an informal poll among your gay friends and ask them their age of first sexual encounter. You’ll be surprised at the number who were sexually molested at a young age.

So, your above referenced study does not surprise me. Children raised by gay parents would likely not be raised to have a taboo against homosexuality.


Vader
May 23, 2011

I’ve not discussed their childhood with most of the gay men I’ve known, but in the one case I have some real knowledge of, the man was raped in his teens by a homosexual. Yup.


Adam G.
May 23, 2011

While we’re swapping anecdotes, my sphere of acquaintances would support either the childhood abuse theory or the genetic theory that its an expression in males of genes that give high fertility in women.

Gonna go out on a limb here and guess that homosexuality is a complex phenomenon with complex causation.


Vader
May 23, 2011

Sex is psychologically pretty complex. It’d be pretty surprising if there wasn’t more than one way for an important aspect of it to go wrong.


John Mansfield
May 24, 2011

Facts don’t determine how we feel about things. In some circles, folks will go on and on about how marriages between the young are less stable than between the not-so-young. Very likely there are good statistics supporting the notion (while missing some key points), to all of which I would say that it shows that we need to prepare young people for marriage better and be a more supportive society to them. The study above will be used that way by those so inclined: It shows that the relationships between homosexuals are vulnerable and need more nuturing, even the protections and recognition of marriage.


Bookslinger
May 24, 2011

John, shouldn’t you put a smiley in there for the sarcasm-impaired? You did mean that last sentence sarcastically, right?


Vader
May 24, 2011

By the way, John … how are you liking it up there?


John Mansfield
May 25, 2011

Bookslinger, more of a frowny than a smiley. Vader, explaining a joke ruins it, but you lost me there.

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