Same-sex marriage should be legal and accepted
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I would like to firstly state that I am quite honored to have another person challenge me to a debate. I wish the best of luck to my opponent.
To begin, I would like to state the obvious in that I am against homosexuality and marriage between homosexual people. My main argument I will be presenting is over child interest. My belief: Homosexual marriage always denies a child the correct living and growing conditions.
A small survey done last year was conducted on young adults ranging from the ages 18-39. They were asked simple questions as to how their life was growing up and how they are doing now. The study collected information from its subjects on forty different outcomes. They fall into three groups:
1. Some are essentially yes-or-no questions: are you currently married, are you currently unemployed, have you thought recently about suicide?
2. Other questions asked respondents to place themselves on a scale--for example, of educational attainment, happiness or depression, and household income.
3. Finally, "event-count" outcomes involve reporting the frequency of certain experiences--e.g., smoking marijuana or being arrested--and the number of sex partners.
15,000 people were asked to take the survey, only 3,000 completed it. 175 of those people reported their mother having a same sex romantic relationship whilst they were growing up. 73 said the same about their father.
To quote the study:
"The study looked at 40 different outcomes, but reported data for children with "lesbian mothers" and those with "gay fathers" separately. Therefore, there actually were 80 outcome measures that could be said to compare children with "homosexual parents" to those from other family structures. When compared with outcomes for children raised by an "intact biological family" (with a married, biological mother and father), the children of homosexuals did worse (or, in the case of their own sexual orientation, were more likely to deviate from the societal norm) on 77 out of 80 outcome measures. (The only exceptions: children of "gay fathers" were more likely to vote; children of lesbians used alcohol less frequently; and children of "gay fathers" used alcohol at the same rate as those in intact biological families)."
"There are eight outcome variables where differences between the children of homosexual parents and married parents were not only present, and favorable to the married parents, but where these findings were statistically significant for both children of lesbian mothers and "gay" fathers and both with and without controls. While all the findings in the study are important, these are the strongest possible ones--virtually irrefutable."
Children of homosexual parents:
IBF=intact biological family | LM=lesbian mothers | GF=gay fathers
1. Are much more likely to have received welfare (IBF 17%; LM 69%; GF 57%)
2. Have lower educational attainment
3. Report less safety and security in their family of origin
4. Report more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin
5. Are more likely to suffer from depression
6. Have been arrested more often
7. If they are female, have had more sexual partners--both male and female
Children of lesbian mothers specifically:
Are more likely to be currently cohabiting
Are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance
Are less likely to be currently employed full-time
Are more than 3 times more likely to be unemployed
Are nearly 4 times more likely to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual
Are 3 times as likely to have had an affair while married or cohabiting
Are an astonishing 10 times more likely to have been "touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver."
Are nearly 4 times as likely to have been "physically forced" to have sex against their will
Are more likely to have "attachment" problems related to the ability to depend on others
Use marijuana more frequently
Smoke more frequently
Watch TV for long periods more frequently
Have more often pled guilty to a non-minor offense
I ask that you examine this study with an open mind. I have more results to give, but I will wait.
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