Target: Dr. Simon Crouch, Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families Lead Researcher
Goal: Thank Dr. Crouch for his work demonstrating the successful dynamics of same-sex families
Opponents of same-sex marriage frequently cite the unforeseen dangers of allowing gays and lesbians to raise children. Thanks to the recent work of Dr. Simon Crouch, leader of the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, these outrageous claims are thoroughly dismissed.
In the largest-ever study of same-sex families Dr. Crouch found that “there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.” As cited by ThinkProgress, the report even concludes that “children of same-sex couples scored higher than the [Australian] national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well a family gets along.” The massive research undertaking sampled roughly 500 children across Australia.
Although a marriage equality proposal failed in Australia last fall, opponents of same-sex marriage who cite concerns over children’s well-being must abandon this thoroughly discredited line of reasoning. Rather than posing a danger to children and “traditional” families, same-sex couples actually offer remarkably stable and supportive environments.
Applaud Dr. Crouch’s insightful research efforts and promote the increasing evidence supporting the viability of all families.
Dear Dr. Crouch,
Debates concerning same-sex marriage and same-sex parents consume enormous media attention and popular opinion concern throughout the Western world. With recent legislative and judicial decisions in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, the question of whether or not to extend marriage or other legal benefits becomes an increasingly central policy issue. Both sides of the arguments frequently focus on concerns related to parenting and the well-being of children in same-sex households. Despite definitive claims of anti-equality groups, relatively little research on these issues informs the debate.
Your leadership of the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, the largest study of its kind to date, sheds light on the empirical realities of same-sex parenting. Your finding that “there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents” presents a powerful case for the viability of same-sex families. Moreover, it appears that same-sex couples actually offer remarkably stable and supportive environments, contrary to claims that they may pose unknown dangers to children and “traditional” families.
We, the undersigned, wish to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude for your thoughtful research, and we hope that you continue working toward understanding how all families can be strengthened.
[Your Name Here]
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