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New Study Finding Lesbians Are ‘Just As Good’ As Married Biological Parents Is Fake News
The Federalist ^ | 07/25/2018 | Glenn Stanton

Posted on 07/25/2018 8:34:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Do children living with same-sex adults do just as well as kids raised by their mother and father in all the important measures of healthy child well-being? Because it involves children, it’s a terribly important question. The answer is an unquestioned “Absolutely! No difference whatsoever” if you listen to the LGBT movement’s media partisans. But it is not that simple.

You will not find any articles by mainstream journalists taking the slightest critical look at the research they say establishes the “just as good as” fact. Your chances of finding a breezy sit-down interview with a Sasquatch are greater. Last week the Los Angeles Times reported that “Researchers find no difference between kids raised by two moms and kids raised by mom and dad.” The story cited a new article published in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine.

But the real story, if actually examined by any journalist doing reporting beyond press releases, is that no such reliable conclusion can be reached based on this research itself. An honest inquisitor will easily find that 99.8 percent of the research the press fawns over on this topic is embarrassingly poor in its basic methodology.

These problems would be obvious to sophomore research methodology students, which makes one wonder what’s up with these journalists. Let’s examine the damning problems under the hood in this study that the LA Times reported on.

This inquiry is the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), which began in 1986 following 84 children of lesbian families (77 children currently) that were created via donor insemination. The study seeks to determine how these children fare in a number of developmental measures. Let’s examine the most blatant problems with this long-term project that are obvious under the slightest bit of due diligence.

This Is Clearly an Activist Study

This study is not a dispassionate, purely academic investigation, but an orchestrated persuasion tool conducted and funded by gay-rights activists. The front page of the study’s website even features a photograph of a cute infant lounging in a crib, sporting a onesie that proclaims, “I was hatched by a couple of chicks.”

The NLLFS primary investigators are not scholars in the general, larger field of child development and family formation. Their professional research has been solely in the field of lesbian research. Throughout the project’s many published articles, they offer their readers no survey of the vast literature on how various family forms, such as fatherlessness, affect child development and well-being. They nearly exclusively consult published studies that examine gay or lesbian issues. Such a limited view is profoundly limited and problematic.

The NLLFS is also funded primarily by well-known and powerful pro-gay organizations such as The Gill Foundation, the world’s largest and most influential funder of LGBT political and social causes; the Lesbian Health Fund of the Gay Lesbian Medical Association; and the Williams Institute, where its main investigator, Nanette Gartrell, is a visiting scholar. Gartrell has a long and award-winning history in lesbian-research activism. In 2001, she published “Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism,” a handbook showing how to grow and finance lesbian causes.

Gartrell is also a self-proclaimed polyamorist, coming out decades ago in an article published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies provocatively entitled, “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Dee… Confessions of a Closet Polyamorist.” Dee is her partner of 40 years. She admits, “[A]s surprising as it may seem, I do not consider honesty, integrity, and commitment the guiding principle of my intimate life.” Rather, her commitment is to “making each block of time I spend with each lover as glorious as it can be.”

She assures her reader that loving multiple adults should raise no concern. After all, she “would never think to challenge a parent’s capacity to love … multiple children at the same time.” Interesting reasoning to be sure. She concludes her article by hoping that through polys “outing” themselves, “polyamorism will become just as passé’ … as lesbianism is today.” Gartrell is clearly beyond the LGBT mainstream.

But the facts that NLLFS is initiated, conducted, and funded by staunch gay activists and that the principal investigator is beyond the mainstream of the lesbian community do not necessarily mean the study is not a reputable academic investigation. It only lets us know who’s behind it and their possible motivations.

It does raise concerns that a good journalist would inform her reader of as an important part of the story. Suppose this were a study reporting the strong effectiveness of a new drug, conducted and financed by folks with a deep interest and personal stake in the outcome. Would not mentioning that be journalistic malpractice? However, the real problem is found in the structure and execution of the study, which has its own devastating problems.

This Study Has Serious Sample Problems

The serious problems with the study’s sample are clear to even the casual reader. First, the data for the NLLFS was collected on a relatively small group of children being raised in lesbian homes: initially 84 children, now 77. The retention rate in this study is impressively high, which raises a question we will address in a moment.

The authors explain the scatter-shot manner in which they gathered their subjects. Lesbian couples, all in process of getting or already pregnant through donor insemination, were collected in 1986 through “informal networking and word of mouth referrals” and “solicited via announcements at lesbian events, in women’s bookstores, and at lesbian newspapers.” (The study was closed to new participants in January 1992.) The couples were recruited exclusively from three cities: Boston, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

These women were nearly all white (94 percent), middle- and upper-class (82 percent), and mostly college-educated (67 percent). Eighty-two percent were employed in professional or managerial positions. The majority were in their mid-thirties, and thus more mature and well-established in life, at the beginning of the study. They were also reported to be in extraordinarily good health.

These are not typical lesbians, much less average-population couples, but highly privileged and socially unique. Of course outcome findings would be elevated given this kind of a non-representative sample. Given challenge from some quarters, the authors of this study now admit in this latest article that, given the weaknesses of their sample, the study’s effect sizes and statistical power are both low and thus, “[t]he results should be interpreted with caution.” The Los Angeles Times story and all others in the mainstream press failed to employ such caution nor include this not-so-insignificant warning, however.

Highly Motivated Participants

Perhaps even more problematic, the study’s participants were no doubt highly motivated to participate in this study and likely very desirous of positive findings. As the authors confess, “Participants were strongly lesbian-identified, 89% had come out to families of origin, 55% were open about their lesbian identity at work, 38% were active in a lesbian/gay organization at work, and 80% said they would choose to be a lesbian, if it were a matter of a choice” (emphasis in original).

The mothers were asked to self-report their children’s well-being and development.

So these participants are actively participating in ideological lesbian thought and political culture and deeply committed to being lesbian. The study further explains, “Prospective participants [solicited through known lesbian networks as explained above] were asked to contact the researchers by telephone. The study was discussed with each caller, and all interested callers became participants” (emphasis added).

So these are highly motivated lesbian mothers, gathered through what researchers call snowball or convenience samples via the political lesbian culture. Each were told the nature of the study, allowing each respondent to easily ascertain the social, political, academic, and historical significance of the effort, and all callers joined the study. No caller chose not to participate. It begs considering whether these realities have any impact on the fact that the study has maintained a remarkable 93 percent retention rate over its history.

Given these facts, and even more concerning, the mothers were asked to self-report their children’s well-being and development. This can lead to a “social desirability bias” where respondents are inclined to give answers that align with their convictions, rather than their actual objective experiences or outcomes.

Who can suggest this is not happening here? This most likely explains how the study arrived at some very curious findings at odds with the larger body of data about family formation and child well-being.

These Curious Findings Contradict Most Studies

It is the extremely rare study in the larger body of general research (those not looking exclusively at kids from same-sex homes) that finds kids raised apart from their own biological mother or father do as well as children who grow up in their natural families. Nearly all of this mountain of research shows the opposite, and powerfully so.

This includes children raised in heterosexual fatherless, divorced, cohabiting, widowed, adoptive, and step-family homes. None of the kids raised in any of these homes mirror kids living with their married, biological parents. But NLLFS finds that lesbian-headed families are the first divergent family form that produces all the same benefits that natural mother/father families do.

The NLLFS has reported that kids in lesbian-headed homes actually do better than kids in heterosexual-parented homes.

If true, this is major news. In fact, to make all this even more stunning, the NLLFS has reported that kids in lesbian-headed homes actually do better than kids in heterosexual-parented homes. The NLLFS explains their “adolescents demonstrated higher levels of social, school/academic, and total competence than gender-matched normative samples of American teenagers.”

This could very well be true, but not because of lesbian families themselves. It’s due to the extremely favorable characteristics of the lesbian homes participating in this study, and the fact these moms are self-reporting how well their kids are doing for a study they know is laying the foundation for cultural, policy, and legal acceptance of their families. Yes, it really is that embarrassingly problematic.

On top of this, the NLLFS’s data tells us nothing about what the average lesbian-headed home raising children from birth are likely to produce. Nothing. No mainstream news source, including the Los Angeles Times last week, has ever noted this critical fact.

Given this “just-as-good-as” and the “better-than” conclusion, one would have to conclude fathers are simply superfluous as players in healthy child development. In fact, we are handicapping children by giving them a father, if this research is to be believed.

Of course, this is ridiculous, as it flies in the face of more than five decades and hundreds of published studies indicating that fathers play an irreplaceable role in fostering healthy child-development in ways that mothers do not. It has been demonstrated consistently that children who grow up apart from their fathers face serious difficulties and short-comings compared to children who do not. This data has been persuasive enough to compel the Clinton, Bush and Obama presidential administrations all to institute federal programs to encourage strong fatherhood involvement in the lives of children.

The Study Reports No Harm When Lesbians Break Up

Additionally, the NLLFS found that the “rate of parental relationship dissolution was significantly higher in lesbian families than the average mom/dad family,” a distinction of 56 percent versus 36 percent. Amazingly, the study did not find this was a negative in terms of child well-being, contrary to all other research on broken families. The investigators explain,

Although the offspring of divorced heterosexual parents have been shown to score lower on measures of emotional, academic, social, and behavioral adjustment, no differences in psychological adjustment were found when the 17-year-old NLLFS adolescents whose mothers had separated were compared with those whose mothers were still together. (emphasis added)

The NLLFS reports the same thing in another article published in Pediatrics: “adolescents whose mothers had separated since [the study’s beginning] fared as well in psychological adjustment as those whose mothers were still together.” If the NLLFS findings are to be believed, they indicate that lesbian-headed families are the new super-families. They show better results than mother/father-headed homes. The second mom is more positively consequential than a father, and when these couples do break up, there is no harm to the children.

Infamous studies like this are opening up a future for more children to be raised in experimental homes.

Again, this huge news, absolutely turning everything we know about family formation and child well-being totally upside down. It’s an absolute Copernican-like revolution.

Or might reason call us to question the NLLFS study altogether? To summarize, the particular lesbian mothers participating in the NLLFS study were a small sample drafted very selectively through their deep commitment to lesbian culture and political causes; very privileged socio-economically; knowing they are participating in a very politically important study, and deeply eager to do so; and allowed to self-report their child’s well-being.

What reasonable person cannot conclude these facts are not deadly to the integrity of this study and the public conclusions reported about it? This study has received unquestioned praise from the mainstream press, pro-LGBT politicians, and judges, and become a foundation for changing policy and law. It’s time these people be forced to answer for their deceptive work.

Infamous studies like this are opening up a future for more children to be raised in experimental homes, and for no other reason that certain adults desire them. No ethical standard allows for children to be guinea pigs in any experiment, however, regardless of the positive and emotional rhetoric used to justify it.

When you continue to read the bold and uncritical fawning over studies by the mainstream press offering “the kids are alright” claims—and you will—the honest reader with any level of discernment will have to take such reporting with great skepticism. It’s unfortunate our major newspapers and magazine journalists do not, given what’s at stake.

Glenn T. Stanton is a Federalist senior contributor who writes and speaks about family, gender, and art, is the director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family, and is the author of eight books including "The Ring Makes All the Difference" (Moody, 2011) and "Loving My LGBT Neighbor" (Moody, 2014). He blogs at

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexualadoption; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; lesbians; parenting; psychology
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1 posted on 07/25/2018 8:34:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

One would almost expect this study’s results to be written on the back of a receipt.

2 posted on 07/25/2018 8:37:04 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nope. IMO there is a reason it takes a mom and dad. Each brings a different set of qualities/traits to the family. Same sex couples don’t have that..

3 posted on 07/25/2018 8:37:28 AM PDT by pnz1 (#IMNOTWITHHER)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a step-father of a wonderful 11-year-old girl, whom I love if she were my biological own. According to this author, my wife (biological mother) and I cannot raise this girl as well as if her biological parents had stayed together, even unhappily so?

4 posted on 07/25/2018 8:43:03 AM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, riiiiight................

5 posted on 07/25/2018 8:44:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world discovered the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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To: Red Badger

Nothing says lesbian love more than driving your “wife” and all of your adopted kids off a cliff...

6 posted on 07/25/2018 8:47:42 AM PDT by broken_clock (Go Trump!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it still a lesbian relationship if one of the women identifies as a man? :)

7 posted on 07/25/2018 8:50:59 AM PDT by Tell It Right (If a logical argument has to be explained in terms of feelings and might be a Democrat.)
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To: pnz1

” Each brings a different set of qualities/traits to the family. Same sex couples don’t have that..”

Oh they bring a different set of traits that’s for sure.

8 posted on 07/25/2018 8:53:16 AM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: SeekAndFind

Knew a lesbian couple who had a baby boy by artificial insemenation. This was back in the day when you couldn’t pick the child’s sex. The more butch one was constantly berating males. I could not help but think what kind of life that poor kid would have as he grew up and had typical male orientation and went through puberty. I could see the kid either growing up to be a mentally castrated pajama boy or a very troubled and possibly violent male with a hatred of women.

9 posted on 07/25/2018 9:00:54 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: gibsonguy

Well I couldn’t think of the word I wanted. Moms and dads are different.. and kids/families need both.. you don’t get that with two “moms” or “dads”

10 posted on 07/25/2018 9:01:54 AM PDT by pnz1 (#IMNOTWITHHER)
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To: SeekAndFind

Because a ‘study’ can tell good from bad.

And they are all good. They said so. They did a ‘study’

Ask Rosie’s adopted kids what living with her and her fat ass alcoholic ‘wife’ was like.

11 posted on 07/25/2018 9:02:43 AM PDT by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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To: broken_clock

It was just ‘random’... /s

12 posted on 07/25/2018 9:02:47 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Like Enoch, Noah, & Lot, the True Church will soon be removed & then destruction comes forth.)
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To: NohSpinZone

Please remember the difference between statistical analysis and individual situations. This is not about your specific situation, but is rather an analysis of similar situations across the board.

Adapting to the step-parent relationship is something every stepchild must do, and some have a better such relationship than others.

As the father of an adopted fourth child, I understand that the statistics might say she will have a harder time than our other three children, but I can work that much harder to ensure that she has the best possible outcome.

13 posted on 07/25/2018 9:05:52 AM PDT by MortMan (The white board is a remarkable invention.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Most homosexuals were sexually molested as children.

They seek to normalize their behavior to achieve easier access to MOLEST YOUR CHILDREN!


On page 37, the other relevant result relates to men.

The 13th research question addressed, of homosexual men who have been molested, what percentage were molested before self-identification as homosexual men, and what percentage were molested after self-identification as homosexual? Of homosexual men who were molested, 68% were molested before self-identification as homosexual, and 32% were molested after self-identification as homosexual.

14 posted on 07/25/2018 9:11:36 AM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: MortMan

MortMan, good call out, thank you. I came to the same conclusion after I responded. Just sensitive, I guess, because I do take my responsibility seriously. In fact, I know I have to work extra hard at being a great dad because it’s not the optimal situation.

15 posted on 07/25/2018 9:15:06 AM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: SeekAndFind

We have a “married” lesbian couple two houses down from us. They have twin sons who are the biological offspring of the female lesbian. The boys are about five now, and they run wild. Their two “parents” let them play in the street and walk into people’s houses. They have no boundaries now. They can get away with things now. Ten years from now they won’t.

16 posted on 07/25/2018 9:46:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="" width=600><p>
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To: Red Badger

Five of the missing seven?

17 posted on 07/25/2018 10:00:07 AM PDT by Roccus (When you talk to a politician...ANY politician...always say, "Remember Ceausescu")
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To: Roccus

I don’t think they ever found all the bodies...................

18 posted on 07/25/2018 10:02:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world discovered the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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To: SeekAndFind

Millions of years of adaptation produces the normal situation: mother and father have sex, produce children, form strong bonds, provide complementary role modeling male/female.

No matter how loud angry lezzes yell, they are still wrong.

19 posted on 07/25/2018 10:09:43 AM PDT by I want the USA back (This week's hysterical obsession: sex tape. Last week's: tweet on iranian threat.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's a mental illness.

Sometimes it is a severe and dangerous mental illness.

The speedometer inside a lesbian couple's SUV was 'pinned' at 90 mph after it plunged 100 feet off a California cliff with their six adopted children inside, according to court documents.

Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, were killed when their 2003 GMC Yukon XL crashed off the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California this week.

Authorities say all eight members of the Hart family, including the six children aged 12 to 19, are presumed dead.

The bodies of three of the children - Markis Hart, 19, Jeremiah Hart, 14, and Abigail Hart, 14 - were located at the bottom of the cliff.

Police believe the couple's three other children - Hannah Hart, 16, Devonte Hart, 15 and Sierra Hart, 12 - were also in the car at the time but their bodies have not yet been found.

Mystery surrounds the horror crash given no one saw their SUV drive off a flat, dirt pullout overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

A search warrant was served at the family's home on Thursday to look for items including a travel itinerary, journals and possible suicide notes.

According to an affidavit for the warrant, cited by Fox 12 Oregon, the speedometer was 'pinned' at 90 mph.

Investigators said there was no evidence the car hit the embankment as it 'traversed towards the tidal zone below', and there were no 'acceleration marks, tire friction marks or braking furrow marks'.

'Based upon the California Highway Patrol investigation, it is their belief "a felony has been committed,"' the court documents stated, according to Fox 12.

'There are a lot of unknowns on this,' Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said on Thursday.

'Several of the questions that have been asked today will never be answered.'

To reach the cliff edge at the lookout, the women would have had to have driven off the Pacific Highway and traversed 75ft of rugged dirt road.

'I can tell you it was a very confusing scene because there were no skid marks, there were no brake marks, there was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75ft of a dirt pull out and went into the pacific ocean,' Sheriff Allman said.

'We have no reason to believe, we have no evidence, that this was an intentional act. Certainly people are wondering what caused this.

'If this was an intentional act, I truly believe we are going to come to that conclusion.'

The two mothers were found dead inside the SUV, while three of their children were discovered outside the vehicle. A team on Thursday searched the rugged coastline for the three other children.

The case has thrown a spotlight on at least one previous run-in with the law by the Harts, along with neighbors' repeated concerns about the way the home-schooled youngsters were being treated.

Well before the wreck, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty in 2011 to a domestic assault charge in Douglas County, Minnesota, telling authorities 'she let her anger get out of control' while spanking her 6-year-old adoptive daughter, court records show.

Her plea deal led to the dismissal of a malicious punishment of a child charge.

Then, last week, Bruce and Dana DeKalb, next-door neighbors of the Harts in Woodland, Washington, called state child protective services because one of the children, Devonte, had been coming over to their house almost every day for a week asking for food.

Devonte, now 15, drew national attention after the black youngster was photographed in tears, hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest in Portland, Oregon, over the deadly police shootDana DeKalb said Devonte told her his parents were 'punishing them by withholding food.'

The boy asked her to leave food in a box by the fence for him so his parents wouldn't find out.

Social service authorities opened an investigation and a state caseworker went to the house last Friday but didn't find anyone home. The agency had no prior history with the family, a state official said.

Neighbors said they saw the couple and their six adopted children leave the home in a hurry shortly after not answering the door to the child services worker.

The family's car was spotted at the bottom of the cliff three days later. It was discovered by a passing motorist Monday afternoon.

The DeKalbs also recounted that three months after the Harts moved into their house on 2 acres with a fenced pasture last May, one of the girls rang the DeKalbs' doorbell at 1.30am.

'(She) was at our door in a blanket saying we needed to protect her,' Bruce DeKalb said. 'She said that they were abusing her.'

The entire family came over to their house the next morning to apologize and explain it was a bad week. ing of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri.

20 posted on 07/25/2018 10:49:36 AM PDT by Vlad The Inhaler (Liberalism is the philosophy of sniveling brats. - P.J. ORourke)
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