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Gay kids more likely to be poor

Gay kids more likely to be poor

Children raised by gay parents in the US are more likely to live in poverty, a report has revealed.

The All Children Matter report, co-authored by several national organizations, including The Center for American Progress and the Family Equality Council, claimed youngsters raised in LGBT families are twice as likely to be poor as those raised by married heterosexual couples.

Children are also less likely to be protected should the parents split, are more likely to be denied health insurance and live in fear of their parents being deported.

LGBT families are also more likely to face a higher tax burden.

The report blames prejudice and discriminatory laws for the inequality.

'Many Americans don’t realize how anti-gay laws and policies hurt children,' said Jeff Krehely, director of the LGBT communications and research program at the Center for American Progress.

'For example, the Supreme Court of North Carolina just invalidated all second-parent adoptions, undermining family security and leaving children as legal strangers to the LGBT parents who have raised them since birth.

'Similarly, when states like Minnesota and North Carolina advance ballot initiatives to deny marriage to same-sex couples, it can have serious consequences, such as denying children access to a parent’s health insurance.'

As well as asking for greater financial protection for LGBT families, the report calls for changes in the law, including the legalization of gay marriage and increasing immigration and citizenship rights for foreign partners of US nationals.

Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, co-authors of the report, calls for immediate action and says the nation’s laws and policies simply have not kept pace with the changing reality of America’s families.

'All Children Matter outlines common-sense recommendations that should be looked at very seriously by anyone claiming to fight for children’s well-being,' Mushovic added.

'Many of these solutions would serve the needs not only of children with LGBT parents, but also those in other families as well, such as children of unmarried heterosexual parents.'