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==Supporting quotations== ==Supporting quotations==
 +[http://www.opposingviews.com/arguments/high-cost-of-tampering-with-marriage-kids-hit-hardest "High Cost of Tampering with Marriage – Kids Hit Hardest." Alliance Defense Fund on OpposingViews.com]: "The state’s interest in recognizing marriage is to ensure that as many children as possible grow up with their own married mom and dad. Every child has a biological mom and dad. The nonpartisan social science research is overwhelmingly conclusive. All other things being equal, children generally do far better, by every measure, when raised by their own married parents."
-Refuted by scientific research: 
-"The research on which opponents to+[http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-blankenhorn19-2008sep19,0,2093869.story David Blankenhorn. "Protecting marriage to protect children." LA Times. September 19, 2008]: "Marriage is society's most pro-child institution. In 2002 -- just moments before it became highly unfashionable to say so -- a team of researchers from Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center, reported that "family structure clearly matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage."
-marriage of same-sex couples rely, look at the functioning of children in intact families with+
-heterosexual parents compared to those children raised by a single parent following divorce or+
-death of a spouse. They do not include studies that compare the functioning of children raised by+
-heterosexual couples with the functioning of children raised by same-sex couples. In this group of+
-studies, any differences observed are more accurately attributable to the effects of death or+
-divorce, and/or to the effects of living with a single parent, rather than to parents’ sexual+
-orientation. '''These studies do not tell us that the children of same-sex parents in an intact+
-relationship fair worse than the children of opposite-sex parents in an intact relationship.''' The CPA recognizes and appreciates that persons and institutions are entitled to their opinions and+
-positions on this issue. However, '''CPA is concerned that some are mis-interpreting the findings of+
-psychological research to support their positions''', when their positions are more accurately based+
-on other systems of belief or values."+
-http://www.cpa.ca/cpasite/userfiles/Documents/Marriage%20of%20Same-Sex%20Couples%20Position%20Statement%20-%20October%202006%20%281%29.pdf+
-"When comparing the outcomes of different forms of parenting, '''it is critically important to make appropriate comparisons.''' For example, differences resulting from the number of parents in a household cannot be attributed to the parents’ gender or sexual orientation. Research in households with heterosexual parents generally indicates that – all else being equal – children do better with two parenting figures rather than just one. The specific research studies typically cited in this regard do not address parents’ sexual orientation, however, and therefore '''do not permit any conclusions to be drawn about the consequences of having heterosexual versus nonheterosexual parents, or two parents who are of the same versus different genders.''' Indeed, the scientific research that has directly compared outcomes for children with gay and lesbian parents with outcomes for children with heterosexual parents has been remarkably consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are every bit as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents. Empirical research over the past two decades has failed to find any meaningful differences in the parenting ability of lesbian and gay parents compared to heterosexual parents. '''Statements by the leading associations of experts in this area reflect professional consensus that children raised by lesbian or gay parents do not differ in any important respects from those raised by heterosexual parents. No credible empirical research suggests otherwise.''' It is the quality of parenting that predicts children’s psychological and social adjustment, not the parents’ sexual orientation or gender." http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf+All our scholarly instruments seem to agree: For healthy development, what a child needs more than anything else is the mother and father who together made the child, who love the child and love each other."
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-http://www.cpa.ca/cpasite/userfiles/Documents/Marriage of Same-Sex Couples Position Statement - October 2006 (1).pdf+

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Supporting quotations

"High Cost of Tampering with Marriage – Kids Hit Hardest." Alliance Defense Fund on OpposingViews.com: "The state’s interest in recognizing marriage is to ensure that as many children as possible grow up with their own married mom and dad. Every child has a biological mom and dad. The nonpartisan social science research is overwhelmingly conclusive. All other things being equal, children generally do far better, by every measure, when raised by their own married parents."


David Blankenhorn. "Protecting marriage to protect children." LA Times. September 19, 2008: "Marriage is society's most pro-child institution. In 2002 -- just moments before it became highly unfashionable to say so -- a team of researchers from Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center, reported that "family structure clearly matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage."

All our scholarly instruments seem to agree: For healthy development, what a child needs more than anything else is the mother and father who together made the child, who love the child and love each other."

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