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Marriage is Good for You! Gay Foster Parents Aren’t

John on August 14, 2006 at 10:02 pm

There’s always a new study. The latest one on marriage gave some (not so) surprising results:

The benefits of marriage for the depressed are particularly dramatic, a finding that surprised the professor-student team behind the study.

“We actually found the opposite of what we expected,” said Adrianne Frech, a PhD sociology student at Ohio State University who conducted the study with Kristi Williams, an assistant professor of sociology.

They expected to find that one spouse’s depression weighed too much on the marriage, but “just mattering to someone else can help alleviate symptoms of depression,” Frech said.

And here’s one more study. This one is not necessarily related to the one above, though it could be if gay marriage becomes the law:

A tally from Illinois and Minnesota (2003-2005) showed that a third of foster-parent molestation perpetrators engaged in homosexuality with their charges – their own foster-children. Both states permit homosexual foster-parents….Overall, 65 percent of foster-parent perpetrators engaged in heterosexuality and 35 percent in homosexuality with their charges.

Family Research Institute pointed out that homosexuals comprise between 2 to 4 percent of adults, as studies reported, “thus the figures above indicate a disproportionate amount of homosexual molestation.”

In all fairness, this does seem to contradict some generally accepted data which shows gays are good parents. Perhaps it’s something about the foster-parent situation which is attracting the worst people.

In any case, 35% is hugely disproportionate. I don’t think we should let sensitivity (of any group) get in the way of protecting children who already lead difficult lives.

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