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English Church spokesman backs gay parents

July 17, 2009

The head of a marriage-counseling agency sponsored by the Catholic bishops of England has advanced the claim that same-sex couples can be as successful as heterosexual married couples in raising children. Terry Prendergast, the director of Marriage Care, said:

Statistically, children do best in a family where the adult relationship is steady, stable and loving. Note that I stress adult, not married, since there is no evidence that suggests that children do best with heterosexual couples.

Prendergast's statement is at odds with the body of evidence showing that children are most likely to thrive when living with a mother and father. It is also at odds with Church teaching, which says that placing adoptive children with same-sex couples is an injustice against those children.

 


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