Australian Study of Homosexual Parents Adds Little to Debate

Peter Sprigg – CP Opinion – 7 June 2013
I recently returned from the World Congress of Families in  Sydney, Australia, where my colleague Dr. Patrick Fagan, director of Family  Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), was a  keynote speaker. Australia has been facing many of the same struggles over  social issues as the United States, including an effort by homosexual activists  to redefine marriage – and now, their own contribution to the debate over the  well-being of children with homosexual parents.

Australian media sources, and pro-homosexual American bloggers, have just hit  the web with breathless stories about an “interim report” on a new study of children with homosexual  parents – “The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS).”  The day the stories came out, the actual “interim report” was not yet available  online. Now it is, and even “interim” barely describes it – it consists of a  single page in PDF format, with three columns: Introduction, Highlights, and  Summary.

Aside from some background, information on the sample, and the highly  generalized summary, the “interim report” included only one short paragraph of  actual data: “On measures of general health and family cohesion children aged 5  to 17 years with same-sex attracted parents showed a significantly better score  when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts.  For all other health measures there were no statistically significant  differences.”