Does the Sexual Preference of a Parent Matter?

Sexual Orientation

". . . a person's sexual orientation has no bearing on his or her capacity to be a good parent" (Gilson). Also there have been studies that have said, "a remarkable absence of distinguishing features between the lifestyles, child rearing practices, and general demographic data" when explaining why queer couples are stable (Gilson).
According to the American Psychological Association, " not a single study has found children of gay and lesbian parents are likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children psychosocial growth".
In 1976 the A. P. A. state that "(t)he sex, gender identity (transgender), or sexual orientation of natural or prospective adoptive or foster parents should not be the sole or primary variable considered in custody or placement cases." The National Association of Social Workers works to end discrimination against queers. The NASW's code of ethics states "the social worker should not practice, condone, facilitate or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of. . . sexual orientation."

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