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Expert Testifies on Children Raised by Gay Couples in Prop 8 Trial

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In the federal trial challenging the legality of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, testimony today by a professor from Cambridge University suggested couples, gay or not, can raise equally healthy children. "We have a substantial body of evidence documenting that a child being raised by same-sex parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents," testified Dr. Michael Lamb, a Professor and Head of the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge.

"For a significant number of these children [raised by gay couples], their adjustment would be promoted were their parents able to get married," he continued, adding a study by the American Psychological Association, which stated that "there is no scientific basis for concluding that lesbian mothers or gay fathers are unfit parents on the basis of their sexual orientation. On the contrary, results of research suggest that lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children."

The cross examination of Lamb began with defining him as a "committed liberal" because he donated money to ACLU, NOW and even PBS, which led to laughs inside the courthouse.

Lamb is the ninth witness in the case, and the fifth expert to testify.