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Same-Sex Parenting

Same-sex parenting can be defined as two people in a same-sex relationship who are raising one or more children together. The topic of same-sex parenthood has grown more visible in popular culture in the last few decades, alongside a growth in the research literature on same-sex parenting. Indeed, two-mom or two-dad families are becoming more and more common. This entry examines the paths to parenthood for same-sex parents, the transition to parenthood, and some of the unique challenges, strengths, and experiences of children raised by two moms or two dads reported in the research literature.

Paths to Same-Sex Parenthood

The ways in which same-sex couples can become parents are varied. For example, in many same-sex parent families, the children were conceived in the context of a heterosexual ...

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