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Study: Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples Healthier And Happier

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A new study from Australia's University of Melbourne suggests that the children of same-sex couples may be happier than their heterosexual couple-reared counterparts. Researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children, enquiring specifically about the subjects' "physical health and social well-being."

Doctor Simon Crouch, head researcher for the study, says the University found children raised by gay partners on average scored 6 percent higher than the general population, based on the study's metrics of family unity and general health.

The results specifically indicated a lessened reliance on stereotyped gender roles for gay parents. Said Dr. Crouch:

Previous research has suggested that parenting roles and work roles, and home roles within same-sex parenting families are more equitably distributed when compared to heterosexual families... So what this means is that people take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes, which is mum staying home and looking after the kids and dad going out to earn money... What this leads to is a more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and well-being.

The study also found that today same-sex parented families are still often dogged by stigma. Dr. Crouch points out this can be anything from bullying on the playground to "a letter from school addressed to Mr and Mrs."

Critics of the study include Roslyn Phillips of Family Voice Australia, an organization that promotes "Christian Family Values." Phillips said: "You've got to look beyond studies like these to what happens when the child reaches adulthood." She also questioned whether there was bias at play, pointing out that Dr. Crouch and his male partner are raising a family. In response, Crouch acknowledged his background, but pointed out he is "one of a number of researchers on the paper who come from all sorts of different backgrounds."

[h/t ABC, image via Buzzfeed, Sarah Dixley for Australian Marriage Equality]


Emotional Photos of Gay Dads Holding Newborn Go Viral

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Two new dads are a viral sensation on the internet after photographer Lindsay Foster shared photos of them cradling their son Milo moments after he was born via a surrogate mother.

Wrote Foster of the photos, which were shared on June 27:

Words can not tell you how wonderful it was to witness this amazing moment in time. But I am VERY hopeful that these images can make you feel the deep LOVE and admiration that everyone felt for this surrogate mom and the baby's new parents. These Daddies will most certainly be two amazing parents. 

I look at these pictures and I immediately tear up. 

The top picture is one of my favourites because everyone is included.
Surrogate mom and her husband, the new parents and their baby boy Milo, and two wonderful and amazing midwives.

The photo has been shared nearly 10,000 times on Facebook.

Foster later shared a second photo of baby Milo as well as a message from the fathers:

"Thank you to everyone out there who has taken the time to like, comment and share our picture! This was truly an incredible moment in our lives that will be captured forever by the lovely Lindsay Foster Photography. We are so lucky that we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy! All comments posted are respected, although we may not agree with the negative ones, the positive ones far outweigh the negative. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This is a moment of pure love and acceptance. Milo is surrounded by unconditional love and he will grow up knowing many different types of families and accept everyone, (intolerant people included). Milo was born during World Pride. This picture represents everything Pride is about. Love has no colour nor gender nor sexual preference. Love is unconditional. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! xxoo"

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Hatemonger Linda Harvey Claims Gay Parents Will Molest Their Children: AUDIO

HarveyLinda Harvey has never been a person with any degree of integrity, but she reached a despicable new low with her latest radio bulletin wherein she made the astounding claim that gay parents would be more likely to abuse their children than straight parents:

And yes there are adults who molest children. It’s not every adult in this lifestyle, of course, but it certainly seems acceptable to some. Where are the built-in protections? Homosexual groups are busy dismantling them in schools and in public places with parents seen as obstacles. Why? When you are open to sinful, God-defying behavior in one profound way, violating other boundaries happens more easily.

Dan Savage might have a differing opinion as to how safe children are with straight parents by default.


Gay Texas Fathers Denied Parenthood Of Biological Sons: AUDIO

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This is a whole new level of regressive behavior, and it's just jaw-dropping in its cruelty.

Texas has made it quite clear that it refuses to recognize legally-wed same-sex couples for the time being, despite judge after judge ruling the ban unconstitutional. However, despite the abuse and discrimination that gay parents are often subject to socially in the Lone Star State, the government hasn't stepped in to discriminate on the basis of biological parenthood...until now.

Hanna_riggsJason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the biological fathers of twin sons Lucas and Ethan - one father per son - who were carried to term by surrogate mother CharLynn, who bears no biological connection to the boys, reports SiriusXM host and Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile.

However, because Texas doesn't recognize legally-wed gay couples it opens up judges to use their own discretion on cases such as Hanna and Riggs', and in this case a presiding judge determined that neither father is represented on either child's birth certificate as a father...but CharLynn is on both as their mother.

To repeat: the boys' biological fathers are not on their birth certificates as parents, but their non-biological surrogate mother is and is listed as their mother.

All of this despite precedence for their case existing within Texas and even providing DNA results to the court. Adding salt to the wound, the judge also ruled that neither could be an adoptive parent of the other's son. This is especially worrisome, as Hanna points out:

Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child. The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it's same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.

 SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile interviewed the couple:

They also did an interview with FOX4 News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Check Out This Heartwarming Video In Celebration of Gay Dads: WATCH

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Here’s hoping all the gay dads out there have a very happy Father’s Day.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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President Obama Includes Gay Dads in Father's Day Proclamation

President Obama released a proclamationg for Father's Day 2014:

Blue_obamaFatherhood is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have. It demands constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience. Even in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost anyone on earth, there is no substitute for a father's presence, care, and support. On Father's Day, we show our gratitude to the men who show us how to learn, grow, and live.

With encouragement and unconditional love, fathers guide their children and help them envision brighter futures. They are teachers and coaches, friends and role models. They instill values like hard work and integrity, and teach their kids to take responsibility for themselves and those around them. This is a task for every father -- whether married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive -- and every child deserves someone who will step up and fill this role. My Administration proudly supports dads who are not only present but also involved, who meet their commitments to their sons and daughters, even if their own fathers did not.

Today, let us reflect on our fathers' essential contributions to our lives, our society, and our Nation. Let us thank the men who understand there is nothing more important than being the best fathers they can be.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 15, 2014, as Father's Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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