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Myths and realities about same-sex families raising children

This is a really interesting quiz put out by the Council on Contemporary Families. prepared by Gary Gates, Ph.D, a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The organization notes that:

Media images of lesbians and gay men create the impression that most of them are white urban dwellers who have high incomes and whose main preoccupations are shopping for expensive clothes, preparing gourmet food or eating at upscale restaurants. As a result, a variety of stereotypes and misconceptions exist about lesbian and gay families with children.

So, with that in mind, take this quiz and see how you do…

I. What percentage of same-sex couples are raising children in the United States?

— a. 3 percent
— b. 11 percent
— c. 27 percent

II. In which state are same-sex couples most likely to be raising children?

— a. California
— b. Massachusetts
— c. Mississippi
— d. South Carolina

III. What percentage of children being raised by same-sex couples are non-white?

— a. 10 percent
— b. 30 percent
— c. 45 percent

IV. The median household income of different-sex married couples aged 25 – 55 with children in the U.S. is $60,700. What is the comparable figure of similarly aged same-sex couples raising children?

— a. $96,200
— b. $77,100
— c. $51,900

V. Which of the following statements are true?

— a. Most children being raised by same-sex couples are adopted.
— b. Most research finds that children raised by gay and lesbian people fare as well as children from other families on a wide variety of child well-being measures.
— c. Most children being raised by same-sex couples live in states where their parents can automatically obtain joint parental rights.
— d. None of the above statements is true.

The answers are here.

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