Sunday, June 28, 2009

Giving voices to children of same-sex parents  


There's an article on CNN about children of same-sex couples - the "gayby boom" generation (not too sure how fond I am of the term) - and it really shows how important these daughters and sons are in the fight for gay rights. It also shows that children of same-sex couples are often very loved and grow up to be well-adjusted and not confused about their sexuality, contrary to what anti-gay rights activists might want you to think.

Jesse Levey is a Republican activist who says he believes in family values, small government and his lesbian mothers' right to marry.

Levey is part of the "gayby boom" generation. The 29-year-old management consultant is the son of a lesbian couple who chose to have a child through artificial insemination. He's their only child.

Critics of same-sex marriage say people such as Levey will grow up shunned and sexually confused. Yet he says he's a "well-adjusted heterosexual" whose upbringing proves that love, not gender, makes a family.

"You can imagine what my parents thought when I was 13 and listening to Rush Limbaugh everyday," Levey says. "But my family had strong family values. I was raised in a loving, caring household that let me be a free thinker."

The modern gay rights movement began 40 years ago June 28 during the Stonewall Riots in New York City. While much of the controversy surrounding gay rights today has centered on same-sex marriage, a battle is brewing over another family issue: Is it bad for children to be raised by gay or lesbian parents.

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4 comments: to “ Giving voices to children of same-sex parents

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:27 AM  

    the idea that early parenting sets the sexual behaviour of the child for later in life is very Freudian and based on no evidence whatsoever.
    It seems so obvious to me that if a heterosexual couple can raise a son who it turns out is homosexual then it's not the parents' sexuality that decides the child's.
    Is heterosexuality SO fragile and SUCH a thin veneer that the slightest contact with anyone gay is going to undo it? Why the insecurity? I don't get it.

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

    I know! It seems so obvious, doesn't it? They try to assert that children of same-sex parents will grow up confused about their sexuality, but there are plenty of children of opposite-sex parents who are still confused about their sexuality.

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

    I find it kinda weird that he listened to Rush Limbaugh everyday...
    Everything else in the article is a DUH! to me, but that I don't like just because I HATE THAT MAN.
    It just shows that sexuality has NOTHING to do with your political views.

  • August 19, 2009 at 5:09 AM  

    I know it is not feminist to say but the U.S. ad council says

    "More than 79% of Americans feel the most significant family or social problem facing America is the physical absence of the father from the home. Research shows that the lack of a father in the home correlates closely with crime, educational and emotional problems, teenage pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse."

    I wonder what this means for children with from a gay or lesbian couple.