Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian

  title={Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian},
  author={Ellen Perrin and Benjamin S. Siegel},
  pages={e1374 - e1383}
Extensive data available from more than 30 years of research reveal that children raised by gay and lesbian parents have demonstrated resilience with regard to social, psychological, and sexual health despite economic and legal disparities and social stigma. Many studies have demonstrated that children's well-being is affected much more by their relationships with their parents, their parents' sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support for the family than… 
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It is in the best interests of their child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation.
Children of lesbian and gay parents.
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