Study: Gay Fathers Have Same Brain Chemistry As Hetero Parents

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Yay for science!

A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, proves yet again that same sex couples are essentially no different than heterosexual couples. This study focused on the brain chemistry of gay co-fathers, and discovered that the chemistry in question is similar to that of heterosexual co-parents.

These findings could have a huge impact on the on-going debate on whether or not gay men make fit parents and should be able to adopt. Gay couples face many obstacles when it comes to becoming parents; many states won't allow same-sex couples to adopt (and that's just the tip of the iceberg).

 

Science, however, seems inclined to give gay couples the go-ahead!

Ruth Feldman of Bar-Ilan University and her colleagues videotaped 20 mothers in the presence of their children, and then played the tapes back during an MRI to see how their brain chemistry changed. They found that the emotion-processing region, known as the amygdala, was heightened by almost five times in relation to the base line.

"These are regions that respond unconsciously to signs of an infants' needs, and that derive deep emotional reward from seeing the baby," Feldman said.

The fathers, you ask?

Their cognitive circuits were increasingly activated in the presence of their child to enhance their abilities to interpret a baby's actions to determine his or her needs. For example, a screaming baby can be equated to hunger or a diaper change etc.

So … what happens in the gay fathers' brains?

A combination of both moms and dads it seems. Their emotional and interpretive circuits were both activated in the presence of their child.

Feldman added, "Fathers' brains are very plastic. When there are two fathers, their brains must recruit both networks, the emotional and cognitive, for optimal parenting.”

Proof that love knows no bounds, and shouldn't be restricted.

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