By Neal Broverman

Originally published on October 28 2009 3:20 PM ET

A new book claims that gay parents are not only just as capable of raising children as straight parents, they may be better.

Abbie E. Goldberg (pictured), a professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is the author of Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children, released last month. In the book Goldberg writes that many aspects of parenthood are the same for homosexual and heterosexual couples, but there are some things that same-sex couples handle differently and "in some cases better than their heterosexual counterparts."

For example, gay couples are better at reaching out to extended family members to help out with child-rearing, Goldberg says. The book also says same-sex parents are more open to flexibility in gender roles and not discouraging boys to pursue careers in say, nursing.

In addition, Goldberg writes that children of same-sex couples are no more likely than others to identify as gay themselves.