Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

Sex and the Social Scientist

(Darren Gygi)
Will the Left debate marriage honestly?

Science has spoken: That’s what judges, professional associations, and journalists have said about the effects on children of being raised by same-sex couples. It turns out, though, that science spoke with unwarranted certainty.

In 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a statement saying that “the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.” There was “not a single study” to find the children of gay and lesbian parents “to be disadvantaged in any significant respect.”

The chief justice of the

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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