FACT CHECK — Bishop Silva: Gay Marriage Causes Youth Suicides

(A follow up to this post: Hawaiian Bishop: Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couples Is Just.)

But of all the familiar slippery-slope tales he purports, one stands above the rest: children who have gay parents are more likely to kill themselves.

“Children will be the greatest casualties, in that they will be deprived of being raised in a loving home by a mother and a father who loves them and whose love cooperated with God’s plan in creating them,” Silva says in the letter. “When children are deprived of such a home, there will be more poverty, more social ills, more juvenile suicides, and more problems than we can imagine.”

And later in the article…

Judith Stacey, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, told us that Silva’s claims were so absurd they were hardly worth justifying with a comment.

“There are no negative outcomes associated with gay parenting. Period,” Stacey said. “The idea that their kids are more suicide prone is absolutely incorrect.”

Her research papers, published in respected scientific journals, examine the effects of parents’ sexual orientation.

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Image source and article: http://www.civilbeat.com/fact_checks/2013/08/30/19794-fact-check-bishop-silva-gay-marriage-causes-youth-suicides/

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