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Kids From Gay or Straight Parents Fare The Same in Life
Proponents of Proposition 8 claimed, among other arguments, that legalizing gay marriage would lead to a proliferation of gay parents with negative consequences for children.
Two same-sex couples are challenging Position 8 in federal court.
The court battle brings together two former foes. Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson is joining forces with David Boies, who opposed Olson in the Supreme Court battle over the 2000 presidential election.
Boies and Olson represent the plaintiffs. Although Olson is a renowned conservative, he tells the Times he took the case because of his overriding interest in equal rights for everyone.
During last week's testimony, the Times reports that Lamb cited numerous and broad studies of same-sex parents. He testified that childhood adjustment is determined by the relationships parents have with children rather than their relationships to each other.
According to the Times, Lamb added studies show "no significant increase" in the number of children who become gay and lesbian when they are raised by gay couples rather than straight parents.
Children of same-sex couples do face some challenges, Lamb testified. They are more vulnerable than other kids to teasing about their parents. However, he added, they are not more likely to be teased overall.
Lamb also testified that children of gays and lesbians are more tolerant, having fewer sexual stereotypes than other children, the Times reports.
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