Jhenifa Parker

Can You Study That? Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Parenting at Southern Adventist University

The purpose of this study was to describe the patterns of attitudes toward same-sex parenting among Seventh-day Adventists at Southern Adventist University. A sample of 53 participants was used to assess different patterns of attitudes toward same-sex parenting based on gender, religiosity, household rearing, age, and knowledge of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Participants included students, faculty, staff, and community individuals. Women had a mean score higher than men, indicating more positive attitudes. Individuals with high religiosity tended to produce a low mean score compared to those with low religiosity. Based on the sample data, women may have a slightly more positive attitude toward same-sex parenting than men. In addition, highly religious individuals may have a negative attitude toward same-sex parenting. The results of this study can be a significant first step in understanding Seventh-day Adventists' viewpoint on gay and lesbian couples being able to legally have children.