A Canadian study
has found that same-sex parents are just as good, if not
better, than opposite-sex parents.
released by the Canadian Justice Department, was
commissioned in 2003 by its then-Liberal government.
The study focused primarily on lesbian couples.
authored by Concordia University professor Paul Hastings,
asserts that children raised by lesbian parents are as
socially competent as children raised by heterosexual
"A few studies
suggest that children with two lesbian mothers may
have marginally better social competence than children in
traditional nuclear families, even fewer studies show
the opposite, and most studies fail to find any
differences," says the 74-page study.
only just gained permission to release the study, suggested
that publication was restricted by the Conservative
government that regained power in 2006, led by Prime
Minister Stephen Harper.
In December the
Conservatives tried to challenge the constitutional
definition of marriage, but the efforts were defeated by the
House of Commons.
has been legal in Canada since 2005.
government has insisted that the research represents
findings of the author and "not those of the
department." (Hassan Mirza, Gay.com/U.K.)