Latinos react to controversial gay parenting study
Nothing could be further from the truth, says Miami resident Mayda Perez. She has three children – a set of 10-year-old twins and a seven-year-old son – whom she’s raised since birth with her partner of 20 years. She believes there’s absolutely no difference in outcome between children brought up in traditional families and those who grow up Latino LGBT parents.
“My children couldn’t ask for better parents or a better life. We surround them with love and have the means to give them whatever they want and the finest education they can have,” explains Perez.
But that’s not the conclusion presented in a new study published in the July issue of Social Science Research. University of Texas-Austin sociologist and associate professor Mark Regnerus set out to find whether there was a difference growing up with a gay or lesbian parent as opposed to traditional heterosexual couple family structures.
With the assertion that there can be significant differences between children who grow up with gay or lesbian parents and those who grow up in “intact bio families,” Regnerus is currently under attack by LGBT advocacy groups for not studying a larger sample size and accepting three-quarters of a million dollars in funding from the Witherspoon Institute and The Bradley Foundation, two socially conservative organizations.
Read the full story at NBC Latino