Children of Same-Sex Parents Grow Up to be Depressed
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been fact-checked into oblivion for claiming this week that children do better when raised by traditional, heterosexual parents, but a new study shows that he was right all along. Donald Paul Sullins, a sociologist from the Catholic University of America, has just published a new longitudinal study that suggests greater rates of depression for adults who grew up under same-sex parentage.
“At age 28, the adults raised by same-sex parents were at over twice the risk of depression as persons raised by man-woman parents,” Sullins wrote in the study’s abstract.
Unlike previous studies which focused mostly on children of same-sex parents during their childhoods, Sullins’ work followed children from the age of 15 to the age of 28. Since depression is a mental illness that often only develops in adulthood, this difference may explain why the new study sticks out so much from the rest of the published science.
To hone in on his findings, Sullins looked for rates of co-morbidities to depression among his sample. These risk factors include obesity, anxiety, stigmatization, and a history of abuse. According to the study, 92% of children who grew up with same-sex parents report being abused in some way – either physically, emotionally, or verbally. 23% said they had been abused sexually.
Sullins insisted that his findings should not be used to double-down on stigmatizing the children of gay parents, but he also said we couldn’t afford to overlook the facts.
“Well-intentioned concern for revealing negative information about a stigmatized minority does not justify leaving children without support in an environment that may be problematic or dangerous for their dignity and security,” Sullins said.
That’s the real danger. That we’ll get so entrenched in the political correctness of same-sex marriage that we won’t be able to look at the truth of the situation. The left is already trying to make any criticism of the LGBT lifestyle an example of hate speech; studies like the one here will be summarily ignored by the activist movement. If there are more to follow, they’ll come up with reasons to explain away the findings: Perhaps Republican speeches against gay marriage are driving up rates of depression…
It’s all well and good to protect the gay community, but maybe we should start protecting the individuals who never asked to be part of this debate.