By: Cristen Conger. Opponents of gay marriage and adoption often frame their criticisms in terms of what's best for children. Allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT couples to raise boys and girls, they may attest, endangers healthy child development in myriad ways. In , for instance, the Alabama Supreme Court transferred child custody from a lesbian mother to the child's heterosexual father, on the grounds that her sexual orientation morally jeopardized her ability to parent [source: Doe v. Pryor ].
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is repealing rules unveiled in that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion. The surprise announcement Thursday, April 4, , by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBTQ members and their allies. A group that represents members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with gay and lesbian children says the repeal of baptism rules is a good first step. But she says pain caused by the policy banning the baptism for kids of gay parents still lingers.
Kids of gay parents fare worse, study finds, but research draws fire from experts
LGB parenting has grown more visible over the past few decades. The past several decades have seen a proliferation of studies on lesbian, gay, and bisexual LGB parenting, with increased attention to a family building by LGB people; b the transition to parenthood for LGB parents; and c functioning and experiences of LGB parents and their children. The findings are consistent in suggesting that despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts — including the health care system, the legal system, and the school system — LGB parents and their children are functioning quite well. This report provides an overview of the contemporary LGB-parent family research.
Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. On this page, find resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments. Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBT youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their LGBT children are protected and supported.