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Report: Up to 2 Million Children with Gay Parents Suffer from Stigma and Biased Laws


A new report on children raised by gay parents is out today from the Family Equality Council, Center for American Progress, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Association of Social Workers and the Child Welfare League of America, the AP reports:

HouseIncreasingly, the welfare of these children will be a core part of gay-rights strategies, as evidenced by a comprehensive report being released Tuesday. Compiled by an alliance of advocacy and child-welfare groups, it summarizes how laws and social stigma create distinctive challenges for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families.

While the U.S. Census does not count children of gay parents, the report estimates them at 2 million:

Among the barriers and inequities they face, as detailed in the report:

—Many government safety net programs use definitions of family tied to marital status which may exclude same-sex partners.

—Because of lack of legal recognition for their unions, gay and lesbian parents can face heavier tax burdens, higher costs for health insurance, and diminished financial protections in the event of death or disability.

—When same-sex parents separate, one parent may lose custody or visitation rights, even in cases where he or she had been a child's primary caregiver.

Overshadowing all these problems is pervasive social stigma, according to the report.

Report details inequities for kids of gay parents [ap]

All Children Matter is the coalition's official website where you can learn more.

Watch the coalition's PSA about the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. N.O.M. has done some impressive work, if you think about it. Remember, they're doing it for the kids.

    Posted by: Rich | Oct 25, 2011 11:00:25 AM

  2. Thanks for posting this. It's good to see a major project from national LGBT groups put the focus on LGBT parenting and how our kids are affected by archaic laws.

    Posted by: josh@regularmidwesterners | Oct 25, 2011 11:12:31 AM

  3. Not to be Debby Downer but...isn't this just America?

    How many kids go without healthcare, school lunches, heat, etc?

    We aren't exactly the most loving warm-hearted nation on the planet. This is just more of the same old "every man for himself" attitude that Reagan brought in with him.

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 25, 2011 11:17:56 AM

  4. RICH is an obvious member of N.O.M. which is, btw, the right arm of the Catholic Church and everything evil about America. N.O.M. - supported by Rick Perry. Michele Bachman (and her ridiculous husband) will do and say anything to destroy gay marriage. N.O.M. is "doing it" to line their pockets and keep religion in control of America. Happily for the gay community the American people see right through their phony schtick.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 25, 2011 11:20:27 AM

  5. selfish gay people who choose to have children knowing that problems like these will happen.

    I know life is unfair to us,so why do we choose to let kids suffer too?

    Posted by: J | Oct 25, 2011 5:34:37 PM


    Posted by: Angela | Oct 27, 2011 7:50:21 PM

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