A recently published review by Drexel University showing that LGBT parents face bias in court over issues related to child custody may interest Illinois readers. The review found that a gay or lesbian person who is coming out of a heterosexual relationship could be denied custody or face visitation restrictions. For a same-sex couple, if the state does not recognize one of the parents as a legal parent, he or she may also face custody and visitation difficulties.
These difficulties occur despite research showing that lesbian and gay individuals are as skilled with parenting as heterosexuals; children of homosexual parents have been shown to be as well-adjusted as those raised by heterosexual parents. In many states, sexual orientation is a factor in custody issues and could override the best interest of the child.