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.”