Well this is a game-changer if I ever heard one: Scientists say that same-sex couples may soon be able to produce biological children together.
Researchers at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science say they have discovered a way to “create human egg and sperm cells from the stem cells in the skin of two adults.” Which means, for instance, an egg can be created from the stem cells of two men, and sperm cells can be created from the stem cells of two women. Queerty has more:
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Just in time for Pride and Father’s Day, Hallmark has released an adorable eCard for those of us who have two dads. The illustration is by transgender artist Kylie Wu, who writes that, “I’m so proud to be the artist involved in making the first ever same-sex Hallmark eCard featuring two gay dads. And I’m proud of Hallmark for celebrating people’s differences! It doesn’t matter who’s in it, LOVE makes a family.”
Wu also illustrated a handful of other LGBT-themed cards for Hallmark that can be found here.
Despite a plethora of studies showing that gay moms and dads are just as effective at parenting as their heterosexual counterparts, courts are not considering that in child custody dispute cases. That comes from a new study out of Drexel University that’s led by Emily Haney-Caron, and Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. More from a press release sent out this week:
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Glee‘s Ryan Murphy’s at it again. This fall season, he’s debuting a new show – The New Normal – about two gay men who are having a child with a surrogate mom. The show stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells, the Tony Award winner who starred in Book of Mormon on Broadway. Ellen Barkin also plays a hilarious grandmother with quite the silver tongue.
One Million Moms has already criticized the show for its friendly portrayal of gay dads. And an affiliate in Utah refuses to air the series, saying it would offend Mormon audiences.
The series debuts on Sept. 11.
Click here to watch the pilot before it airs on NBC.
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As LGBT rights opponents continue to try and discredit same-sex parents (a recent “study” questions gay and lesbian parenting skills, saying that kids of gay and lesbian parents fare worse than those raised in heterosexual families), major scientific and medical associations have spoken up.
The report has already been widely discredited. To start, it was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation, groups that are well-known for their support of conservative causes. As a result, even the American Psychological Association (APA) released a statement this week defending its belief that sexual orientation has no bearing on being a good parent:
“On the basis of a remarkably consistent body of research on lesbian and gay parents and their children, the American Psychological Association (APA) and other health professional and scientific organizations have concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation. That is, lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children. This body of research has shown that the adjustment, development and psychological well-being of children are unrelated to parental sexual orientation and that the children of lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those of heterosexual parents to flourish.”
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