A New Research Study 1999

The Truth about Homosexual Parenting

The Family Research Institute, under the auspices of Paul Cameron, Ph.D., has recently completed extensive research into the effects of homosexual parenting on children.

We have just published the largest and most objective study of the effects of homosexual parenting. Using official records of child custody battles from across the country, the first set of cases and children involving disputes between one homosexual and one heterosexual parent, 73 children with 40 homosexual parents were compared with 105 children of 111 heterosexual parents. Dr. Paul Cameron, Family Research Report, May-June 1998.

Prior to this present research, about 30 studies since 1978 had been carried out, but they all consisted of interviews with volunteers. Homosexual parents were asked to describe conditions in their home, and their and/or the investigators opinions were written down and reported. As you might expect, the results were decidedly favorable to homosexual parenting.

What these former studies were like is reflected in the report of Richard Green, M.D. He interviewed a few homosexuals (7 lesbians and 7 transexuals (4 female-to-male and 3 male-to-female) who were raising children. According to Greens own report, his data collection was not systematic, there was no control group, and the period of follow-up was generally brief.

Green concluded that these child rearing situations, based on the views of the 14 homosexuals he spoke with (apparently many over the phone), were quite adequate.

I tentatively suggest that children being raised by transsexual or homosexual parents do not differ appreciably from children raised in more conventional family settings on macroscopic measures of sexual identity Richard Green, Sexual Identity of 37 Children Raised by Homosexual or Transsexual Parents, American Journal of Psychiatry, 1978;135:692-697.

The identities of the 14 homosexuals are unknown and there is no way to verify Greens impressions. From Greens publication, issued in 1978, on down to the most recent one (1996), only small groups were studied, and the findings were about the same as Greens: Homosexual parents are just as good as heterosexual parents. These studies were presented to courts across the nation, in support of giving children to homosexuals to raise.

But Cameron's report is entirely objective; in fact, it is based on all (all) the available appeals cases involving a homosexual parent from the years 1966 through the early 1990s! (Frequently, of course, only one parent in a court case was homosexual.)

Forty appeals cases of custody disputes drawn systematically from all cases involving a homosexual parent in the United States were compared to 38 appeals cases involving heterosexual custody disputes drawn randomly from listings under parental character and 18 appeals cases drawn randomly from general cases in Dicennial Digest from 1966 to 1991.

Official investigators, judges, and evaluators associated with the U.S. court system recorded 66 harms to the first set of 73 children, 64 (97%) of which were assigned by the court investigators to the homosexual parents or their associates. In a set of comparison [control group] cases involving disputes between two heterosexual parents, the official investigators recorded 6 harms to the heterosexuals 105 children. Cameron, Family Research Report, May-June 1998.

Thus Cameron found that court officials judged that heterosexual parents harmed about 8% of their children, whereas homosexual parents harmed 78% of their children! The harm typically consisted of sexual molestation or physical abuse. The bulk of Cameron's data was provided by the court examiners, after due process and a period of appropriate deliberation. Cameron used a publicly-available data-base. Every law library in America has all of these cases. Thus, everything Cameron reported can be checked by anyone for accuracy. This data will be invaluable in forthcoming court battles. The Hawaiian legislative battle will be over marriage is about raising children. Other states are following its lead. Vermont and still other states will be fighting it out in the courts. Cameron's findings should be very helpful.

If you know of someone who has an impending court battle involving this matter, tell him to contact Dr. Paul Cameron at 303-681-3113 for his research paper and/or expert testimony.       vf