Questionable Motives

January 30, 2010

Does research back up the popular belief that children need both a mother and a father?

“The bottom line is that the science shows that children raised by two same-gender parents do as well on average as children raised by two different-gender parents. This is obviously inconsistent with the widespread claim that children must be raised by a mother and a father to do well,” Biblarz said.

Stacey concluded: “The family type that is best for children is one that has responsible, committed, stable parenting. Two parents are, on average, better than one, but one really good parent is better than two not-so-good ones. The gender of parents only matters in ways that don’t matter.”

This study is published in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

From ScienceDaily here.


  1. Children need parents who love them unconditionally. The only requirement to raise successful children is to be able to guide them and love them. Common sense should tell us a study isn’t needed to support this, but, of course, in our society nothing is true unless proven by scientists!!!!! Keep up the great writing.
    Lindsey Petersen

    Comment by 5kidswdisabilities — January 30, 2010 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  2. I wish that were true, that we didn’t need scientific studies to back up what to you and me seems perfectly obvious (although I take slight issue with you that it requires more than just some vague notion of guidance rather than guidance that is informed by knowledge). It is truly unfortunate that this assumption, that children need two parents of opposite gender, is wrong. So my question is, how else – other than using a methods like those acceptable as science that are as objective a way as possible – can we overcome such widespread biases… biases that are all too often codified into the ‘Shall Nots’ of criminal law?

    Comment by tildeb — January 31, 2010 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  3. Some people just do not think regardless of the evidence, because they are ignorant – they think they know best, and they base their wisdom on their own prejudices – and if the science says otherwise, their prejudice extends to that as well.

    It is a wonder that we have any secular movement at all – however, the fact that we do find such discrimination distasteful, and that we do have higher moral standards than we did even 50 years ago on such humanitarian matters is reassuring, but I fear that there is a long fight ahead, before the bigoted and dogmatic non-thinking robots become a minority.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 1, 2010 @ 10:36 am | Reply

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