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Memo to Mitt Romney: Lesbians Make Great Parents

Tracy Bloom
Assistant Editor
Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC\'s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
Tracy Bloom

It should come as no surprise to the non-bigoted crowd that the results of a new study show that lesbians make wonderful parents.

The 17-year-olds participating in the longest-running study of lesbian families had high school GPAs in the A- to B+ range, and nearly all planned to attend four-year colleges. These adolescents had strong family bonds, and they were nearly unanimous in describing their mothers as good role models. They also reported having numerous close friends—generally with same-age peers who were predominantly heterosexual. Most of the teens felt comfortable bringing friends home, informing friends about their mothers’ lesbianism and confiding in their mothers.

Well, gosh, that sounds like every other normal, well-adjusted teen. But just to be clear, this isn’t the first time such findings have been discovered about lesbian parents. A study from 2010 that appeared in the journal Pediatrics found that children of lesbian parents might even be doing better than their peers. According to that study, they:

scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.

Someone forward these studies to Mitt Romney stat! The Republican presidential nominee thinks — as evidenced in the video from 2005 below — that “it’s not right on paper and not right in fact” for same-sex couples to have children. Though based on these studies (and, uh … common sense), what’s clear here is the only thing “not right in fact” is Romney’s assertion.

Oh, and in case that’s not enough for Romney, he should be introduced to Zach Wahls, a young man from Iowa who was raised by two lesbian parents and appears to be doing just fine.

— Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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