From an article by Stephanie Pappas in LiveScience comes this information (which I first read on Joe. My. God.) that you can use in your next same-sex marriage and parenting debate:
On Jan. 6, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a New Hampshire audience that children are better off with a father in prison than being raised in a home with lesbian parents and no father at all. And last Monday (Jan. 9), Pope Benedict called gay marriage a threat “to the future of humanity itself,” citing the need for children to have heterosexual homes.
But research on families headed by gays and lesbians doesn’t back up these dire assertions. In fact, in some ways, gay parents may bring talents to the table that straight parents don’t.
The article goes point by point saying gays adopt some of the needist children such as those with disabilites or who are older and, thus, are harder to place; that children of gays fair no worse than children of straights; that children of gay parents tend to be more open and tolerant; the only disadvantage children of gay families face is societies views toward same-sex marriage.
The full article is definately worth a read and a commitment to memory. While this is information many of us in the community already know, having more published items like this that we can point to and reference ourselves will be a great help toward gaining equality and breaking through some of the road blocks that the anti-gay/equality crowd love to throw in our path.