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Sen Scott Renfroe falsely claims gay parents are inferior to straight parents

Daniel Gonzales

March 24th, 2011

Today before final passage of the civil unions bill, the Colorado Senate held more floor debate on SB 172. (It now goes on to the House.) We have video of thanks to The Colorado Channel.

Much of what Senator Scott Renfroe said is true, that children do best in committed, stable, two parent households – the American Psychological Association (APA) has stated this repeatedly (source) and I testified about gay parenting to a Senate committee a few weeks ago. Quoting the APA:

“All else being equal – children do better with two parenting figures rather than just one.”

However the APA is well aware people like Sen Renfroe will try and mis-use this research to claim gay families are inferior. The APA goes on to addresses this:

“The specific research studies typically cited in this regard do not address parents’ sexual orientation.”

Furthermore nearly every mental health group in the country has come to the conclusion gays and lesbians raise children just as well as straight people do.  If Sen Renfroe has a source for his claim, it certainly wasn’t presented today since I was sitting in the Senate gallery and heard his entire speech.  Misuse of research and junk science like this have no place in my statehouse.

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Hunter
March 28th, 2011 | LINK

At this point there are over a hundred studies that bear out the premise that same-sex parents are as good as opposite-sex parents at raising children. This also includes longitudinal studies going back about 20 years.

But then, you can generally do more damage with a lie.

Heather
April 20th, 2011 | LINK

There are so many unwanted kids out there.all they want is somone to love them,at last I checked gay people were well capable

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