It’s official. Gays do it better. Well, gay women at least. The head of the UK’s major parenting organisation says lesbian mothers make the best parents, leaving fathers right out of the equation. Needless to say, the comments have sparked outrage amongst, religious, right-wing and pro-father organisations.
Professor Stephen Scott, Director of Research, at the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners recently referred to a study that said gay parents were not only equal to the task, but in some cases better. “Lesbians make better parents than a man and a woman,” said Scott at a forum last week. His comments have caused quite a stir. As the representative from the UK government’s primary parenting organisation, he’s seen as a bit of an authority.
“In comparison to heterosexual parents,” says Scott, “more effort is required for lesbian mothers to become impregnated and research suggests that the quality of parenting in ‘biologically assisted’ families is consistently higher in comparison to more natural forms of conception, as these parents tend to be older and more committed to the parenting role.”
Supported by a number of studies coming out of the US and UK, Scott says children of same-sex parents are no more likely to be homosexual than those in opposite-sex families, and the children of gay parents are often more aspirational and less confined by traditional gender roles and stereotypes.
According to The Times, Scott and the current research aren’t far ahead of public and popular opinion. The British Association for Adoption and Fostering described opponents of gay adoption as “retarded homophobes” and The Times also reported that a third of people believe a lesbian couple can be at least as good parents as a man and a woman, according to the annual British Social Attitudes report.