Episcopal Cafe is points us to a new study in the journal Developmental Psychology, on committed gay, lesbian and heterosexual relationships. A key paragraph from the conclusions:
The current study adds to this literature by demonstrating that, controlling for demographic differences, gay males and lesbians in our studies were generally not distinguishable from their committed heterosexual counterparts on measures of self- and partner reported relationship quality, as well as in how they interacted with one another—and responded physiologically—while attempting to resolve conflict in their relationships.
Translation: Far as these researchers can tell, gay and lesbian committed relationships look to be as psychologically healthy as committed heterosexual relationships. (A link to the pdf of the paper is here)
SOOOOOOOO ... The "breaking news" on "The Gay Lifestyle" is ... THERE ISN'T "ONE!"
Our relationships are just as stable or unstable, as boring or exciting, as healthy or unhealthy, as satisfying or frustrating as EVERYBODY ELSE'S!
My first response to this study, emailed by a colleague earlier today, was the title I chose for this blog, "New Study, Old News." His response was to point to the importance of "scientific verification" ... which in and of itself is a GOOD thing, no question about that.
But let's face it ... the same folks who are going to continue to picket our ordinations and insist on our exclusion and wring their hands about "family values" are the same ones who insist that "creationism" is a "science" and who reject evolution as an apostate, heretic theory.
Why bother with facts when you have absolute truth on your side? (And that makes them different than other manifestations of rabid fundamentalism riping the world apart how????? Exactly!)