Reporting by The Guardian has highlighted a new study that confirms that the children of same-sex couples fare just as well, if not better, than those of heterosexual couples, research has shown.
The research concludes that a child’s development has little to do with their parents’ sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, the research indicated that children with same-sex parents have better outcomes in terms of psychological adjustment and child-parent relationships.
This latest study - published in the journal BMJ Global Health by researchers in the US and China - is consistent with previous research that has indicated that children raised by same-sex parents do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as their peers in heterosexual families.
When looking at child-parent relationships, the research found that same-sex parents are likely to offer higher levels of warmth, greater amounts of interaction and more supportive behaviour, when compared with the heterosexual parent groups.
What this indicates is that the sexual orientation and gender identity of parents is far less important to children’s outcomes and development as compared to what happens within families, such as the quality of parenting and family relationships.