think what sociologists term SES (socioeconomic status) is relevant, perhaps in the context of self-perpetuating-ness . . . There are cultural attitudes that come along with status & education that affect perceptions on relationships, contraception, dating, marriage, familial support networks...
A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with 1 or 2 gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.
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