Same-Sex Marriage Bans Under Fire in Utah and Oklahoma

by Norris Law Group on April 10, 2014

In the March 4, 2014 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune, journalist Brooke Adams writes that the American Sociological Association (ASA) claims that Utah and Oklahoma are purposefully misrepresenting formal research on same-sex parenting in order to maintain voter-supported bans on gay marriage.

The ASA further claims that positive outcomes for children are tied to stable two-parent relationships and greater parental resources — regardless of the genders of the parents

The organization filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of plaintiffs who initiated challenges against same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. The ASA says that some studies cited by the states did not include any evaluations of the children of same-sex parents at all, and that in some cases in which they were, the findings were misrepresented.

The ASA filed one of nearly two dozen amicus briefs which have been filed by multiple associations urging the appellate court to uphold the decisions of federal judges who ruled that any state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, as a ban does not maintain “equal protection under the law” for same-sex couples. In its brief, the ASA said, “These studies cannot serve as the basis for conclusions about same-sex parents and related child outcomes and do not undermine the social science consensus that children fare just as well with same-sex parents.”

The ASA brief goes on to say that studies have shown that stability improves child outcomes confirm that affording same-sex couples the right to legally marry will likely benefit children raised by same-sex parents.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce and family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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