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Kids of gay parents fare worse, study finds, but research draws fire from experts
A new study that finds children of a gay or lesbian parent may be more likely to have social and emotional problems has sparked controversy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.
The study, from Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, surveyed more than 15,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 39, asking them questions about their upbringings. Its findings are published in the July issue of Social Science Research.
One survey question asked whether a parent had been in a same-sex relationship during a child's upbringing; Regnerus wanted to see whether there were differences between kids raised in a household by a parent in a same-sex relationship compared with those who were raised by biological parents who were married and heterosexual.
Sixty-nine percent of children of lesbian mothers reported that their family received public assistance, such as welfare at some point, compared with 17 percent from intact biological families. About half of children of an intact biological family said they were employed full-time, compared with 26 percent of those born to a lesbian mother. Fourteen percent of kids of a lesbian mom spent time in foster care at some point, compared with 2 percent of the rest of the children studied. Overall, less than 2 percent of all respondents who said their mother had a same-sex relationship reported living with their mom and her partner for all 18 years of their childhood.
Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked Chicago
It stands as one of Chicago's most horrific crimes, in large part because of small details that are impossible to shake: The promise of a juice box that lured the 9-year-old boy off a playground and into an alley, and the basketball he dropped when he was shot and killed there.
Jury selection will begin Friday in the murder trial of two of three men charged with carrying out the November 2015 attack on Tyshawn Lee, a smart fourth-grader who prosecutors say was killed by gang members to send a message to his father, a purported member of a rival gang.
‘I Had to Put Her Down’: Kansas Man Accused of Beating His Mom to Death
A Kansas man is accused of beating his mom to death.
Lucas Mauritzen, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tamera Rainey.
According to police records filed on Monday and first obtained by KCTV-5, police allege that Mauritzen told a neighbor “I had to put her down,” after he allegedly killed her.
The neighbor said that in response to Mauritzen’s statement, he asked if he was referring to putting a dog down. Mauritzen allegedly responded, “Mom.”
Homeowner shoots dead two teens allegedly trespassing on his property in Ohio
'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence
Uber driver accused of kidnapping teen after Sweet 16 party
A New York Uber driver was charged with kidnapping after picking up a 15-year-old girl from a Sweet 16 party and allegedly trying to bring her to his Brooklyn home, prosecutors said.
Sean Williams, 32, was arraigned Tuesday and charged for the July incident where he picked the minor up around 11:15 pm on Long Island and attempted to convince her to drink with him, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.
When the girl protested and asked to go home, repeatedly saying she was only 15, Williams apparently drove in the wrong direction towards his home — where the DA says he planned to sexually assault her.
Former Fullerton police officer charged with secretly filming up teen girl's skirt while on duty
Indiana Teen Attacked In Locker Room for Being Gay
An Indiana high school student has faced ridicule after being attacked in a locker room for being gay. After other students started circulating video of the incident around school, the teenage boy’s mother shared the story with Indianapolis TV station WTHR.
“I’m not OK, but I will be,” the student told the news outlet.
And he’s telling anyone else who ever finds themselves the victim of a hate crime to stay strong in spirit.
"Stay true to yourself,” he said, “and if you get hit, do the best you can to make sure it never happens again."
Rockies Apologize After Employee Tells Lesbians Not To Kiss
Watch this gay man handle a drunk woman screaming slurs like the true queen he is
Report alleges sex abuse by 40 Vermont priests since 1950
A report released Thursday by Vermont's Roman Catholic Church found there were "credible and substantiated" allegations of the sexual abuse of minors against 40 priests in the state since 1950.
All but one of those allegations occurred prior to 2000, and none of the priests is still in ministry, the report said. Most of the priests who were named in the report are now dead.
"While most of these allegations took place at least a generation ago, the numbers are still staggering," said Bishop Christopher Coyne, who leads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, which covers the entire state.
Michigan priest accused of binding teen with plastic, tape
Catholic Church sex abuse: The difference a Pennsylvania grand jury made in lives of survivors
Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found
Sicko Officer Exposed Himself To 12-Year-Old Girl, Urinated On Her At Bus Stop
Maryland police: Man molested girl while wife gave birth
A former West Virginia teacher and 2 aides were arrested after alleged abuse was caught on secret recordings
Suspecting her 6-year-old daughter with autism was being abused at school, a West Virginia mother hid a recording device in her daughter's hair, court documents say. On Friday, the girl's former teacher and two former aides were arrested, the state's attorney general said.
Christina Lester, the former teacher, and June Yurish and Kristin Douty, former aides, were charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse or neglect, according to a press release from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Amber Pack was concerned when her daughter Adri came home with bruises from Berkeley Heights Elementary in October. The marks appeared to be pressure bruises from tight grips, said Ben Salango, an attorney for the Pack family.
DC Priest Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Girls in Church
The Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two children of his Washington, D.C., parish has been found guilty.
Urbano Vazquez was convicted Thursday on four felony counts of child sexual abuse.
Vazquez groped a 9-year-old girl and 13-year-old girl in 2016, two years after he was ordained as a priest in the Capuchin Franciscan religious order.
Katy Perry accused of sexual harassment by a second person
Audrina Patridge’s ex Corey Bohan addresses claims he sexually abused daughter
Senior Catholic Priest Says He’d Rather Go To Prison Than Name Confessed Paedophiles
Indianapolis Catholic School threatened to expel a gay student for supporting LGBTQ rights
Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson, who ordered the mass firing of any teachers at the diocese’s schools, also had no problem allowing school administrators to threaten a gay student with expulsion if he didn’t stop speaking out for social justice.
The archdiocese has admitted it instructed all schools under its umbrella to immediately enforce all employment contracts – effectively a blanket order to fire any LGBTQ staff members. Over 70 schools in central Indiana are under the archdiocese’s administration.
“To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching,” the archdiocese said in a statement sent last week.
Trump’s Latest Proposal Would Let Businesses Discriminate Based On LGBTQ Status, Race, Religion, And More
Knife waving man screaming antigay & racist slurs in barbershop shot by Palm Springs police
A man who burst into a barbershop brandishing a knife and started yelling antigay and racist slurs was shot by police in Palm Springs, California. The unidentified man was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers originally were called to reports of a fight outside of a Bank of America, but learned that the deranged man had previously entered the nearby barbershop before patrons pushed him out and into the bank parking lot.
Anti-LGBTQ groups are funding the bigoted opponent of this trans legislator
One of the leading causes of death for young gay & bi men is police violence
DC police release photos of gang of men who attacked a trans woman in gas station lobby
Queer Middle School Teacher Rebuked for 'Gender Unicorn' Explainer
Republican official says the ‘sin’ of homosexuality kills gay men at age 42
Bus driver refuses to operate vehicle that ‘promotes homosexuality.’ Now he’s not working at all.
Restaurant employees get $40k after nonstop antigay harassment by coworkers
Parents protest vulgar anti-LGBTQ priest appointed to teach pre-teens at Catholic school
Rev. Erik Richtsteig is supposed to become a new youth pastor working with kids ages four to 15 in Salt Lake City’s Catholic schools. But more than 150 parents have signed a petition opposing his appointment after discovering his anti-LGBTQ and misogynist social media posts.
According to New York Daily News:
“In a post on Facebook, the paper noted, the priest said that images shared by LGBTQ individuals in June (Pride month) looked ‘like a gnome vomited.’
He also would not accept any friend requests from people who had a rainbow filter over their picture.”
He has reportedly also followed Facebook pages with titles like, “Male feminists are p*ssies,” “Right wing extremist” and “Obama has to go.”
College kicks out trans student for having top surgery
Las Vegas Man Arrested for Plotting Bombing of LGBTQ+ Bar
Report: Sibling Killed in Dayton Shooting Was Trans Man Jordan Cofer
The 14th Black Trans Woman Has Been Murdered Just This Year
Anti-LGBTQ+ Violence in Latin America Reaches 'Alarming' Level
This ‘Straight Pride’ organiser blames her gay son for their bad relationship
Police: Kentucky man cracked 8-year-old's head, raped her
Police say a Kentucky man ruled mentally incompetent in a sexual assault has now raped and robbed an 8-year-old girl whose skull he fractured with a shovel.
News outlets report 29-year-old Cane L. Madden was arrested Saturday on charges of first-degree rape, assault and robbery. A judge declined a request to dismiss the charges Monday and entered a not guilty plea for him.
Sex Crimes Detective Who Raped Teen Victim While Investigating Her Case Gets 3 Years in Prison
Female paedophile, 26, admits raping children and taking indecent images before boasting in 'exceptionally graphic' detail about her abuse online
Pastor accused of preying upon Houston teen who sought help
Man Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Girl For Years
Suspect Arrested in Sexual Assault at Planned Parenthood
New York eyewear store employee arrested after allegedly exposing himself to children
United Airlines passenger accused of placing camera in first-class bathroom
NEW LAWSUIT AGAINST U.S. OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING COACH ALLEGES SEXUAL ABUSE, ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE VICTIM
She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.
New Jersey mayor calls LGBTQ rights movement 'an affront to almighty God'
A New Jersey mayor called the LGBTQ rights movement "an affront to almighty God" at a town council meeting and warned that people who support "unrighteous laws" will be held accountable.
Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli, a former assistant principal, began Tuesday by condemning a state law that requires LGBTQ-inclusive material be taught in public school. He said the law "crossed over the line into absurdity" and politicians "have no right to promote the LGBT agenda."
NYPD Seeks Man Who Sprayed ‘Kill The Gay Away’ on Side of Building: WATCH
School reportedly punishes sixth-grade boy for saying trans-curious boy is not a girl, but a boy
A school disciplined a sixth-grade student for saying that one of his trans-curious peers — a biological male — is not actually a girl.
The incident took place in July at a school within an undisclosed Ohio school district.
A sixth-grade boy, according to a news release by the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel and referred to as "Boy A," began identifying as a girl during the 2018-19 school year, referring to himself with feminine pronouns such as "she" and "her." The school reportedly complied with the student's requests, also referring to the child as a girl.
Authorities Search For Pa. Teen Who Allegedly Sexually Abused, Tried to Smother 5-Year-Old Girl
Police in Pennsylvania believe a 16-year-old boy who is wanted for the sexual assault and attempted murder of a 5-year-old girl may be in Maryland.
The search for Octavian Perez continued Thursday — days after police first obtained a warrant for the boy’s arrest.
According to that warrant, provided to PEOPLE, Perez allegedly sexually assaulted the child at a residence inside a Gettsyburg home, demanding the little girl manipulate his penis.
Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault
Parishioners Shocked After Abuse Allegations Against Father George Clements