A study about to be published from a Kansas State professor shows that 58 percent of the children of lesbians called themselves gay, and 33 percent of the children of gay men called themselves gay.
This is reportedly not from some right wing ideologue who can easily be dismissed as a "Nazi" and a "hatemonger" as others have been who have reported similar findings. This is from a researcher whose testimony in the past has been used to actually bolster gay adoption.
AOL News reports that "when the study restricted the results so that they included only children in their 20s -- presumably after they'd been able to work out any adolescent confusion or experimentation -- 58 percent of the children of lesbians called themselves gay, and 33 percent of the children of gay men called themselves gay."
So much for it being solely genetic, huh? One of the most used and effective arguments for gay marriage is that homosexuals are born that way. But that, according to this study, would not seem to be the case.
The author of the study, Kansas State University family studies professor Walter Schumm, says the study's intent was to prove that homosexuality is not 100% genetic.
"I just want to know the truth about something," Schumm told AOL News. And he found it a bit odd that we were all supposed to believe that parents can influence their children on so many things except their sexuality.Schumm states that there's much evidence of gay mothers actively pushing their daughters, to "try out women." Why? Because, Schumm points out that some lesbians "have a hatred of men that's intense." Hmmm. Never would've guessed that.
His study on sexual orientation, out next month, says that gay and lesbian parents are far more likely to have children who become gay. "I'm trying to prove that it's not 100 percent genetic," Schumm tells AOL News.
His study is a meta-analysis of existing work. First, Schumm extrapolated data from 10 books on gay parenting; Cameron, for what it's worth, had only looked at three, and offered no statistical analysis in his paper. Schumm skewed his data so that only self-identified gay and lesbian children would be labeled as such.
This is important because sometimes Schumm would come across a passage of children of gay parents who said they were "adamant about not declaring their sexual orientation at all." These people would be labeled straight, even though the passage's implication was that they were gay.
Schumm concluded that children of lesbian parents identified themselves as gay 31 percent of the time; children of gay men had gay children 19 percent of the time, and children of a lesbian mother and gay father had at least one gay child 25 percent of the time.
Furthermore, when the study restricted the results so that they included only children in their 20s -- presumably after they'd been able to work out any adolescent confusion or experimentation -- 58 percent of the children of lesbians called themselves gay, and 33 percent of the children of gay men called themselves gay.
How long until the words "Nazi" and "hatemonger" are associated with Schumm? Something tells me it won't be long. Something also tells me that the media will completely ignore this study. We'll see.