Lesbian Mothers: Psychosocial Assumptions in Family Law
lesbians, mothers, child custody, homosexuality
Discrimination persists in courts' consideration of lesbian mothers' petitions for custody of their children. Courts often have assumed that lesbian women are emotionally unstable or unable to assume a maternal role. They also often have assumed that their children are likely to be emotionally harmed, subject to molestation, impaired in gender role development, or themselves homosexual. None of these assumptions is supported by extant research and theory.
Patricia J. Falk, Lesbian Mothers: Psychosocial Assumptions in Family Law, 44 American Psychologist 941 (1989)