Bill Duncan is executive director of the Marriage Law Project at Catholic University in Washington D.C., an advocacy group that works to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only.
Last year the Marriage Law Project published its own examination of 20 years' worth of research on gay parenting.The Academy of Pediatrics
based its findings on the same research.Duncan
said the Marriage Project found the research to be flawed.Among other problems, he
said, the samples were too small.
"We don't really know what effect being raised by same-sex couples is going to have on kids in the long run," Duncan
said."We have to navigate this with a lot of caution."He
feared that courts and legislatures would look to the academy for guidance on the topic.He
did say that while it's preferable for a child to be raised by a mother and father, there are some instances where same-sex parenting might be appropriate.
What makes family?
Those who are afraid that second-parent adoptions will erode the social structure should look at history, said one prominent historian.