Gay Issues

The Truth About Homosexual Parenting

| by Illinois Family Institute

By Laurie Higgins, Director of IFI's DSA | Illinois Family Institute

Mark Twain is reported to have said "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just putting on its shoes." Never were there words more applicable to the pro-homosexual movement than these.

In 2001, Time Magazine trumpeted there was "New Evidence of a Gay Gene." The completely false notion that a gay gene has been discovered is so prevalent that many believe it is indisputable fact. And pro-homosexual organizations have seen no need to disabuse the public of that error.

The mainstream media, with little apparent commitment to truth, have widely publicized the fallacious notion that homosexuality is biologically determined, and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has long promoted that view.

Just a few weeks ago, IFI and many other pro-family organizations reported that the American Psychiatric Association issued a remarkable statement regarding the causes of homosexuality. Here is the prior statement issued by the APA in 1998:

There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality.

Here is the new statement:

There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.

The curious question is why haven't the mainstream media retrieved their homosexuality-causation trumpet out of storage to herald this stunning reversal.

The pro-homosexual movement has been effective in transforming cultural views on the nature and morality of homosexuality by feeding the masses lies. The mainstream media and public education colluding with homosexual activist groups then pump these lies into our culture. As a result cultural views transmogrify, and then when--or if--the lies are exposed, it really doesn't matter because the ideological battle has been won.

Perhaps the first lie promoted by homosexual activists and disseminated by their cozy bedfellows in the media and public education was that homosexuals constitute 10% of the population. Not only was that untrue, but it was irrelevant to a moral assessment of homosexual behavior.

The next whopper that homosexualists manufactured and propagated is that homosexuality is ontologically equivalent to race and biological sex. In other words, they make the claim that homosexuality is 100% heritable and immutable. To make matters worse, virtually no one demands evidence for that absurd and deceptive claim.

Then, based on that unproven, deceitful claim, homosexualists make the equally deceitful claim that volitional sexual behavior that emerges from supposedly biologically determined desires is inherently moral. The problem is that current research suggests that sexual impulses are not in any way equivalent to race or biological sex. Moreover, no moral person would ever claim that all impulses that are influenced by biology are moral to act upon.

The first critical step to undoing the cultural damage that has been done is to expose lies. Clinical psychologist Dr. Trayce Hansen is doing just that with yet another falsehood.

Dr. Hansen has reviewed all the research into the sexual behavior and preferences of children raised by homosexuals and discovered that researchers are concealing the actual incidence of "non-heterosexual" identification among these children. One of the criteria she used in determining which studies to include was that it had to be conducted by pro-homosexual researchers so as not to be dismissed by critics who would accuse conservative researchers of bias.

What she discovered is deeply troubling but certainly not surprising. Dr. Hansen found the following:

Studies thus far find between 8% and 21% of homosexually parented children ultimately identify as non-heterosexual. For comparison purposes, approximately 2% of the general population are non-heterosexual. Therefore, if these percentages continue to hold true, children of homosexuals have a 4 to 10 times greater likelihood of developing a non-heterosexual preference than other children.

Dr. Hansen cites two well-known pro-homosexual researchers, Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz, who share one reason why this finding should not be surprising:

. . . it is difficult to conceive of a credible theory of sexual development that would not expect the adult children of lesbigay parents to display a somewhat higher incidence of homoerotic desire, behavior, and identity than children of heterosexual parents.

Here are just a few of Dr. Hansen's discoveries:

- From F.W.Bozett's study entitled "Social control of identity of children of gay fathers," Dr. Hansen found that "33% of the male children of homosexual fathers identified themselves as homosexual."

- From A. Goldberg's study entitled "(How) does it make a difference? Perspectives of adults with lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents," Dr. Hansen found that "91% of them believed that having non-heterosexual parents 'influenced their ideas about gender and relationships,' and 'that 17% of Goldberg's subjects identified themselves as non-heterosexual (lesbian, bisexual or gender-queer)."

- And from J.P. Paul's doctoral dissertation entitled "Growing up with a gay, lesbian, or bisexual parent: an exploratory study of experiences and perceptions," Dr. Hansen found that "Although 15% of Paul's sample did self-identify as gay or lesbian, another 6% identified themselves as bisexual."

What should be obvious is that homosexualists have long adopted an ends justify the means philosophy toward cultural transformation. But in the case of normalizing homosexuality, both the means and the ends are profoundly immoral.

Read the Opposing Views debate, Are Children of Same-Sex Parents at a Disadvantage?