FAMILY Gay Families
See ya June and Ward Cleaver. A new menage has moved into the slot as model family for our times. Say hello to gay male couples with adopted children. Creating their own rules as they go along, these "gay parenting couples" have stumbled upon new ways to make relationship equity work.
Marriage and family therapist Dan McPherson, Ph.D., compared relationship satisfaction and the divvying up of parent and family tasks in 56 couples--28 gay male partnerships and 28 heterosexual.
"When it comes to both child care and family tasks--like mowing the lawn or doing the budget--gay parents divide things up significantly more evenly than straight couples," reports McPherson, himself half of a gay parenting couple. Not surprising, gay couples declare more satisfaction with the division of labor than heterosexual couples.