Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, thinks orphanages might offer better opportunities to children than same-sex households.
The US conservative activist was a guest on the ABC News show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
A panel discussion dealt with the recent comments of Reverend Franklin Graham.
The son of evangelist Billy Graham charged LGBTI parents adopt children only to ‘recruit’ them to gay sexuality.
The reverend also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country’s gay propaganda laws.
Reed didn’t offer Putin any support, but stood by everything else.
‘The social science on this is clear,’ Reed said, as reported by Mediaite. ‘This isn’t about Vladimir Putin, this is about what’s best for children here in the United States. The social science is irrefutable.’
‘A child who grows up in a home without the mother and father present, and they both very unique procreative, nurturing, and socializing roles, they’re nine times more likely to end up dropping out of high school; they’re five times more likely to end up in poverty; and they’re three times more likely to end up addicted to drugs and alcohol,’ the activist continued.
The certainty about social science weakened when Reed was asked if children were better off in orphanages or the homes of LGBTI parents.
‘I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples,’ the activist explained. ‘I think the law has every right to set an ideal. And the ideal is a mother and a father.’