New study finds that lesbian parents raise superior children

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social, school/academic, and total competence and significantly lower in social problems, rule-breaking, aggressive, and externalizing problem behavior than their peers.

Some critics claim the study was biased because it was funded by several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups.  Researchers deny this, claiming their primary interest was solid research.

The real factor contributing to the success of these children may not be the sexual orientation of their parents, but their parents' conscious choice to have children. These kids did not result from accidental pregnancies. Their mothers planned for these children. These parents also tended to be older and at a point in their life where they were ready for children. As a result, these mature mothers may have been more involved and active than non-willing parents. To control for this discrepancy, these children should have been measured against the children of heterosexual parents who used artificial insemination.

Also, many of these results were based on data collected through self reporting. The volunteers possibly knew the implications of this research and their answers may have been skewed to present a better image of homosexual parents.

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A new 24-year study published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the children of lesbian parents have fewer behavioral problems and higher intelligence than their peers.

Researchers followed 78 children conceived through artificial insemination between 1986 and 1992 to lesbian mothers. The data was collected through  a series of interviews and questionnaires completed when the children were 10 and 17-years-old. The study also incorporated  a standard psychological test, the Child Behavior Checklists, completed by the mothers at corresponding intervals. The results were measured against the average scores of children from the greater population.

The 17-year-old offspring of lesbian parents rated significantly higher in

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