Saturday, October 19, 2013

Single moms squared

Sailer reports:
A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.

... A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.

Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census, where same-sex couples have had access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997 and to marriage since 2005.

... What is surprising in the Canadian data is the revelation that lesbian couples’ children fared worse, on average, than even those of single parents.

A lotta drama, a lotta instability, not a lotta money. Many lesbian couples are, in effect, single mothers squared.
We are in the midst of a grand experiment in destroying marriage. The negative results are coming in.

For completeness, here is some criticism from a typical leftist academic sociologist.

4 comments:

John Aimone said...


when did canada become a "we" and more importantly this study examined "hundreds" of gay families with children because while gay marriage is legal for the past 8 years in canada, gay couples with children are uncommon and not a significant population. Hundreds of thousands of non-gay families, hundreds of gay families examined.

George said...

Canada is essentially part of the USA, like Puerto Rico. It has had gay civil unions for 16 years, along with gay adoptions and other anti-family policies. Just like many USA states now. We should learn from their mistakes.

John Aimone said...

canada is not part of the USA, its much less dense in terms of population, its wage and race demographics are vastly different.

PR is part of the US but you would not be wise to apply lessons learned in the PR to the continental US

George said...

So are the Canadian lesbians better or worse that Americans at rearing kids? Northern Canada is a lot less dense, but most Canadians live within a few miles of the USA border.