2012 proved to be a monumental year for LGBT parenting, including gay studies, political figures, and celebrities spouting off.
Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum started off the year angering many gay parents with his comment that kids would be better off with a parent in prison versus being raised by gay parents. Quoting an anti-poverty expert that Santorum did not explicitly name, the expert claimed that the offspring off gay parents were worse off than ones raised by heterosexual parents.
Santorum continued to spark controversy in February stating that he opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples. In April, Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race.
Mark Regenerus’ gay parenting study created some waves in June after Regnerus claimed that children in gay households showed more problems than children from heterosexual headed homes.
His study design was criticized by many professionals, only 248 out of 15,000 subjects having experienced a same-sex relationship during their lifetime. Breaking it down further, only 2 out of the 248 study participants had come from stable, long-term LGBT parent led households. The study was funded by the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay organization.
While the Mark Regnerus study was examined for any apparent flaws and misconduct, Regnerus was vindicated of any wrongdoing in August.
In September, gay actor Rupert Everett felt the heat, stating that gay men would not make good parents.
“I can’t think of anything worse that being brought up by two gay dads,” said Rupert Everett, as stated on www.abcnews,go.com.
Everett backpedaled a couple days later on the British talk show “This Morning,” saying “I’m not trying to sell anything and I don’t want to upset anyone and I’m not trying to have an official opinion about anything,” said Everett, according to www.advocate.com.
Other celebrities stuck their foot in their mouths in 2012, including Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar. After former Pittsburg Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy came out as gay, Escobar etched the word “maricon,” a gay slur into his eye black. Although Escobar claimed he did not mean anything by his actions, many members of the gay community were offended. Escobar received a three game suspension for his homophobic remark.
Want to know more about the hottest LGBT books and television in 2012? Stay tuned for my next piece.