Gay adoption: The kids really are all right

This study should once and for all silence critics of same-sex parenting. Not that it will, but it certainly should. It turns out gay and lesbian couples are perfectly capable of raising happy, healthy kids.

You might be experiencing déjà vu and, indeed, there has been a growing body of research demonstrating that same-sex couples can rear well-adjusted children. But this is the first study of gay and lesbian parents to compare parental reports on adopted children’s behavior and development with evaluations by outside caregivers. A major criticism of past research has been that it relies on self-reported data from parents (and, fair enough, we know parents don’t always offer the most accurate evaluations of their offspring).