A recent study in Australia hints that a gay family is just as good as a straight one, if not better in some areas. Conducted by the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne, and funded in part by the The Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program, the study was preformed by Dr. Simon Crouch et al. The study is called ACHESS (Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families) and is, at present, classified as ongoing. The purpose of the research is to determine if children of same-sex parents are as socially adjusted as children of a traditional family.
The study admits that there are some inconclusive results and grey areas due to its ongoing status, but the consensus is the same: the children in same sex families have a happy and loving environment. Same-sex families have been saying that they are just as nurturing as a traditional family, and now they may finally have some evidence to back up their claim. The only negative effects noted, were from the obvious stigma stemming from a family with two Moms, or two Dads. Aside from this, the children from these alternative families are, according to the study, sometimes better socially adjusted.
Heterosexual couples have been trying to achieve the same thing, and while many have succeeded, what makes a gay couple equal more successful? The study (the majority of which were lesbians) cites that they share more of the workload around the house. Homosexual couples were more likely to work together on house chores and share the parenting load. Team work at home sets an example of unity in the family structure. Traditional marriage has a clear separation of duties that is often abused, which is a typical point of argument and creates a more stressful environment for children.
In general, a happy family with loving parents, and parents who love each other, is a safe bet for happy children regardless of the sexual orientation. If you are curious about some of the more common plights of marriage, read some articles or visit a family or marriage counsellor that shares your family values.