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.