Published: Mar 31, 2007
Study: Gays Die 20 Years Younger Than Heteros; Adoptions At Risk?
by Tim Bueler

Philadelphia -- "The life span of gays is 20 years shorter than the life span of heterosexuals." 

So said Dr. Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute http://www.familyresearchinst.org/About/tabid/55/Default.aspx , a Colorado-based think tank.

"This shortened lifespan," he warned. "has profound implications for adoption. On average, in Norway and Denmark -- where same-sex marriage is legal - married lesbians lived to age 56 and married gay men to age 52. So the chances that a gay-adopted child will lose one or both parents before graduating from high school are much greater than they would be with a married man and woman."

Cameron's remarks were based on a report he gave at the Eastern Psychological Association convention at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Dr. Cameron explains, "In this first report on deaths in same-sex marriage in Denmark and Norway, married gay men and lesbians lived about 24 fewer years than their conventionally married counterparts."

His statistics are as follows:

In Denmark, the country with the longest history of gay marriage, between 1990-2002, men married to women died at a median age of 74, while the 561 partnered gays died at a median age of 51. In Norway, men married to women died at a median age of 77 and the 31 gays at a median age of 52. In Denmark, women married to men died at a median age of 78 as compared to a median age of 56 for the 91 lesbians. In Norway, married women died at a median age of 81, as compared with 56 yr. for the 6 married lesbians.

"Given these figures - generated by the census bureaus of Denmark and Norway - a gay couple of 35 is, roughly speaking, as close to death as a married heterosexual couple of 55. Divorce is twice as frequent among married homosexuals in Norway and Denmark (even more frequent if kids are involved). It doesn't make much sense to take vulnerable children and place them in the risky situation generated by homosexual couples," Cameron commented.

The full report can be accessed here.

Tim Bueler is an independent columnist

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