Shaping Sexuality: X and Y Give Same–Sex Marriage a Thumbs Up

When I sat down to research this article it was a little hair-raising to sift through the random statistics, independent studies, and a ton of inaccurate data. The overload of inaccurate data from political groups driven by tyrannical piousness has left this late Gen-Xer a little outraged. Generation X and Generation Y have one common belief that stands out from the rest, the majority of Generation Y and Generation X do not feel a child needs a home with both a father and a mother to grow up happily, and we have the data to prove it.

Generation X taught their millennial children to value parenthood more than marriage, according the new Pew Research Center of Social & Demographic Trends survey. It really is no surprise since America’s divorce rate began to escalate in the late 1960s and soared during the 1970s and 1980s, as nearly every state adopted no-fault divorce laws. This left many Gen-Xers in split-parent households. It made sense to put children above the institution of marriage and teach them to do the same.

The Facts.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fifty percent of the marriages in America end in divorce. As a result, Americans are delaying marriage, and more are forgoing the institution altogether. Thirty four percent of children today are living with an unmarried parent, four percent are living with two cohabiting parents, and fifteen percent of children are living with parents who are remarried.

Due to the reliability of the new 2013 ACS data on same-sex marriage, the U.S Census Bureau does not separate out the number of children whose parents are identified in same-sex marriages; they are placed into the unmarried parent category. According to the U.S Census bureau one percent of children nationally were living in same sex households in 2010.

Pawns for a cause.

Katy Faust ,a traditional marriage activist raised by a lesbian mother, spoke Friday at the Alliance Defending Freedom office in Washington D.C. She stressed “That there is no such thing as an intact household for a child raised by same-sex parents.” Is this woman for real?! If Faust had looked at the data correctly there are few “intact households” regardless of sexual orientation or same-sex unions. Faust went on to support the false claim that states “ 37.8 percent of children in households with married same-sex parents report being sexually touched or abused by their parents or adult caregivers”. There is no unbiased study in which this data has proved to be factual. The inaccurate data presented by Katy Faust, Rev. Dr. D. Paul Sullins and the Family Research Council, are based in part on the casuistic figures of sociologist, Mark Regnerus. The New Family Structures Study (NFSS)” supposedly provided evidence that children who are raised by homosexual parents are “unsimilar” and have more problems than kids who are raised in heterosexual parents. After an internal audit was done by the academic journal, Mark Regnerus admitted “the foundation of his study is too weak to draw the conclusions that many have made.” Regnerus’s study was a complete failure.” This did not stop Faust and Sullins from using the fictitious data and intentionally disregard the facts for their own zealous principles.

The truth according to Dr. Ellen C. Perrin a professor of pediatrics at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Stanford sociologist Michael J. Rosenfeld and Michael Lamb, a developmental psychologist at Cambridge University “Children and adolescents who grow up with gay or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual.”

Millennial’s following Generation X’s example: Shaping Generation Z.

Although the millennial generation is slow to marry and have children, most of them look forward to doing both. Sixty six percent of the millennial generation, who is not married nor have children, say they want to marry and seventy three percent say they want to have children. Late Generation Y and early Generation Z’s feel their well-being is affected much more by their relationships with their parents and their sense of competence and security with them. Late Generation Y’s feel the same in addition to the presence of social and economic support for themselves and family than by the gender or the sexual orientation of their parents and as parents of their own children. The millennial generation, has taught Generation Z to take an active role in their communities and in their futures. Generation Z is an upbeat group of children that are full of ideas and passionate about those ideas, Generation Y should be proud.

As for Katy Faust and other righteous zealots who cripple America, a loving, involved parent, no matter what gender or race, no matter what religion or creed is all it takes to provide a loving environment for a child. I think we as Americans should be proud to look forward to a future where homosexuality is no longer an anathema.

This article was written by Laurell Morse, a writer for dusk magazine. 

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About The Serial Scribbler (21 Articles)
In the past, I have held jobs as an artist, personal care attendant, cashier and even a shoe saleswoman. The best job I have had the pleasure doing is being a mother, its full time and the pay is always wonderful. The payoff is not in green but in something far more valuable, the satisfaction of a job well done and the love of doing it. From there, I decided to continue my education. I went back to school and currently working on my BA in Psychology with a minor in English and literature.

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