But this analysis was criticised for not taking into account the stability of the family environment.
The author combined all children in same-sex families into one category, while placing children in opposite-sex families into separate categories – including different categories for step-parents and single parents, for example.
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Kevin Andrews’ assertion that children who are brought up with a mother and father are, “as a cohort, better off than those who are not” is not supported by research evidence.
The majority of research on this topic shows that children or adolescents raised by same-sex parents fare equally as well as those raised by opposite-sex parents on a wide range of social, emotional, health and academic outcomes.
It’s true that there is a large body of evidence to show that stability in marriage and family life is beneficial for children, particularly in early childhood.
Some research has shown that these benefits are associated with higher average income and education levels among married couples, rather than marriage itself.