Though same-sex parents still face disapproval from some, the vast majority of research points to the same conclusion: Children raised by same-sex couples fare just as well as others. In the last few months, new studies have emerged to shine an even brighter light on same-sex parenting, lending further support to the consensus that the kids are indeed all right.
A study out of the University of Texas at Austin suggests that same-sex parents give their kids 40 percent more “focused” time (e.g., reading to them, playing with them, and other activities shown to be developmentally beneficial) than different-sex parents. The study, published in the journal Demography, was based on 2003-13 data from a time-diary survey conducted by the US Census Bureau. Researchers controlled for parental education, hours of work, kids’ ages, and other factors that are known to affect the amounts of time spent with children.
The researchers found that women in same-sex and heterosexual relationships and men in same-sex relationships spend around 100 minutes of focused time with kids per day. Men in heterosexual relationships, by contrast, averaged 50 minutes per day. (Adding individual figures gave the totals for couples — for instance, 100 minutes plus 50 minutes equals 2.5 hours of child-focused time among heterosexual couples.)