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    Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    I've wondered this all along, and perhaps someone from the LGBT can fill us in on their own experiences. According to a conclusion in a recent study, the answer is yes. But I'm still unsure.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    I think it's a combination of nature and nurture. I would agree that homosexual couples are more likely to raise homosexual children.
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think it's a combination of nature and nurture. I would agree that homosexual couples are more likely to raise homosexual children.
    If you look at the chances... I wonder how many "happily married" straight males are banging the post man?

    Think we can find a correlation between fake straight couples and homosexuality?

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    If you look at the chances... I wonder how many "happily married" straight males are banging the post man?

    Think we can find a correlation between fake straight couples and homosexuality?
    I bet if ya get caught its a federal offense if hes on duty. Homeland security would be forced to argue your fu%$#ing the government.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by b.larset View Post
    I bet if ya get caught its a federal offense if hes on duty. Homeland security would be forced to argue your fu%$#ing the government.
    Meh. It goes both ways...

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    The problem is how do we for sure identify gay people. I think gay people are more likely to raise children who identify as gay as they are more likely to be open to the idea of being gay. If there is a genetic component to being gay(ie a gay gene or something similar) then gay parents of children would probably be more likely to have gay children, though that is not "raising" gay children.
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Doesn't really matter to me.

    It's not like they're going to breed more of them or something.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    If homosexuality is decided by an on/off genetic switch, then gay parents are no more or less likely to raise gay children than straight parents. Their gay kids may be more willing to acknowledge their sexuality, which could appear to skew the numbers, but the actual number of people who had their switch in the "on" position would be the same.

    If homosexuality is more of a spectrum thing, then it's quite possible that being raised by gay parents could actually make children more likely to be gay.

    This all assumes that the genetic aspect of homosexuality is not hereditary. If it is, and if the children biologically belong to one or both of the partners, then the numbers might change.
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Unless I see statistics...
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    I don't think they are more likely to do it right now because the social norms in society have not encouraged it. On a biological level... well, I'm sure it's just as diverse as in the heterosexual world: some people feel inclined to do it while others don't. It's not really an all or nothing argument.

    I think if marriage is an acceptable and viable option for gay people then we would be likely to see many more stable, long-term relationships that result in child rearing. As it stands now, gays are being relegated to second class citizen status where we aren't allowing them to officially enter into matrimony and that's wrong. Many accuse them of being immoral and promiscuous yet we do not allow them to be part of the institutions which could turn things around.

    So yeah... there are many variables involved in this question you ask.
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