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September 29, 2009

STUDY: GAY ADOPTION DOESN'T HARM EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN

Reuters - Gay or straight, the sexual orientation of adoptive parents does not have an impact on the emotional development of their children, according to a new study. . . "We found that sexual orientation of the adoptive parents was not a significant predictor of emotional problems," Paige Averett, an assistant professor of social work at East Carolina University, said in a statement. "We did find, however, that age and pre-adoptive sexual abuse were," she added. . . "We must pay attention to the data indicating that gay and lesbian parents are as fit as heterosexual parents to adopt," Averett added, "because at least 130,000 children are depending on us to act as informed advocates on their behalf." The American Civil Liberties Union has said that laws and adoption agency policies have created obstacles for gay and lesbian couple who want to adopt children.

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