Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law. The Williams Institute is a national think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. It advances law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship. The Williams Institute Reading Room houses the law library's collection of materials acquired to support research in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Williams, an anonymous donor, and subsequent donors and friends. Most of the books included in the guide are housed in the Williams Reading Room.
Benefits of Same Sex Parenting - Confident and Happy Children
Studies estimate that between 1 and 9 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is lesbian or gay. There are approximately , same-sex partner households, according to the Census, and there are children living in approximately 27 percent of those households. It is difficult to obtain an accurate count of same-sex parent families because many lesbians and gay men are not open about their sexual orientation due to fears of discrimination, such as loss of employment, loss of child custody, and antigay violence. Some same-sex couples may decide to have a child within their relationship, while others may bring children from previous heterosexual or same-sex unions. The rise in same-sex parenting is partially due to the increase in options available for same-sex couples to become parents. Although most children of same-sex couples are biological children of one of the parents, a growing number are the result of donor insemination, surrogacy, foster care and adoption. Most research studies show that children with two moms or two dads fare just as well as children with heterosexual parents.
5 Gay Parenting Myths
The prevailing professional opinion is that a parent's sexual orientation has nothing to do with his or her ability to be a good parent. The nation's leading child welfare, psychological and children's health organizations also have issued policy or position statements declaring that a parent's sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a child. Many also have condemned discrimination based on sexual orientation in adoption, custody and other parenting situations and called for equal rights for all parents and children. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry approved the following statement in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer parenting in
By: Cristen Conger. Opponents of gay marriage and adoption often frame their criticisms in terms of what's best for children. Allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT couples to raise boys and girls, they may attest, endangers healthy child development in myriad ways.