One of the arguments used in favor of the adoption of children by homosexual parents is that the children do not seem to be influenced by their parents in their sexual orientation, and supposedly seem to have the same chance of being homosexual or heterosexual as the general population. However, a new study shows that this argument has no factual basis, and that children of homosexual parents tend to have a much higher chance of being homosexual themselves.
Journal of Biosocial Science (Published Online)
CHILDREN OF HOMOSEXUALS AND TRANSSEXUALS MORE APT TO BE HOMOSEXUAL
Do the sexual inclinations of parents influence those of their children? Of 77 adult children of homosexual parents who volunteered for three different investigations, at least 23 (30%) were currently homosexual: twelve (55%) of 22 daughters and three (21%) of fourteen sons of lesbians; five (29%) of seventeen daughters and three (17%) of eighteen sons of gays; none of six sons with both a gay and a lesbian parent. At least 25 (32%) were currently heterosexual. Of the ten with transsexual parents, one of nine daughters was currently lesbian, one was currently heterosexual, and one was transsexual. The son’s sexual preference was not reported. These findings suggest that parents’ sexual inclinations influence their children’s.