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Study: Kids of Lesbians More Likely to Be Gay

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Study: Kids of Lesbians More Likely to Be Gay

March 13, 2012

According to a recent study published in the Archive of Sexual Behavior, 64 percent of children raised in lesbian households consider having homosexual relationships, compared to 17 percent raised by heterosexual parents, Baptist Press reports. Girls raised by lesbian mothers are seven times more likely to consider a same-sex encounter and twice as likely to identify as lesbian or bisexual than girls raised by heterosexual parents. "We already know that girls who grow up without fathers are more likely to be sexually adventurous, and it has a lot to do with being fatherless," says Glenn T. Stanton of Focus on the Family. "Two lesbians ... can't give a girl the kind of positive attention and other-gendered affirmation she needs from a dad." While girls raised by lesbians tend to be more sexually experimental, boys raised by lesbians, on the other hand, tend to be more sexually reticent. "Boys without male role models tend to be either overly super-macho, trying to see how many girls they can get, or wallflowers," Stanton said. "It's not that they don't want to go in the water -- they're not inclined to go anywhere near the water. ... They haven't developed emotionally and psychologically in the same ways."