Arguments from Social Science Against Same Sex Marriage

Today in class we talked about how Gallagher could have made her argument stronger. I couldn’t come up with anything at the time but I looked it up and found some things that can support her side. Children need a father figure and they won’t have that if both their parents are women. Fathers exercise a unique social and biological influence on their children. A recent study of father absence on girls found that girls who grew up apart from their biological father were much more likely to experience early puberty and a teen pregnancy than girls who spent their entire childhood in an intact family. This study, along with David Popenoe’s work, suggests that a father’s pheromones influence the biological development of his daughter, that a strong marriage provides a model for girls of what to look for in a man, and gives them the confidence to resist the sexual entreaties of their boyfriends. Children also need mothers. Children with homosexual men as parents will miss out on having a mother who provides emotional security and excel in reading the physical and emotional cues of infants. They also give counsel as they confront the physical, emotional, and social challenges associated with puberty and adolescence. Same sex parents can try to provide the emotional needs only mothers and fathers can provide but it won’t be as efficient.

Here’s the link to the studies:¬†

3 thoughts on “Arguments from Social Science Against Same Sex Marriage

  1. While those reasons are thought provoking, I think they are all easily countered with the argument of single parents. A single mother obviously cannot provide the things a father could and the same is true for a single father not providing the things a mother can provide. I think its simplistic to assume that a father cannot fill the role of a mother and vice versa.

  2. These findings are very interesting, however their findings seem to be countered by other studies, so it begs the question what is the truth? If two pieces of scientific evidence completely contradict each other, how do we know what to believe? I tend to believe that many forced gender roles have an influence on people’s behavior, especially in terms of raising a child, and believe that any person is capable of raising a fully capable child. Therefore, a same-sex couple would be able to raise a child sufficiently.

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