Kids with same-sex parents doing just fine

CHILDREN growing up with same-sex attracted parents score better on general health, family cohesion and family activity scales compared with the population average, Australian researchers have found. 

“Clearly overall children are doing well, despite stigma,” says Dr Simon Crouch, study author and honorary research fellow in child health at the University of Melbourne.  

The research, presented this week at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) congress in Cairns, comes as a gay marriage bill is added to the federal parliamentary agenda. 

The study is significant because it is the first to consider the Australian context and because previous international research has been limited by small sample sizes, Dr Crouch says. 

“Already, the results have been used to inform discussions around marriage equality in Australia,” he says.  

The study