Parenting & Family: responses to the most frequent objections
Does lesbian and gay parenting harm children?
No. There is absolutely no empirical evidence to support the claim that LGBT parenting harms children. Psychologist Charlotte Patterson reports that "not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals pursue different paths to parenthood. Some have children through the use of reproductive technology such as donor insemination or surrogacy, while others adopt or become foster parents. Some LGBT people have children from previous heterosexual relationships. While our families deserve the same legal protections and social support granted to married opposite-sex couples and their children, they have few protections and, in some places, are even banned from adopting or becoming foster parents.