June 26, 2015 -- Research by Gary Gates, the Blachford-Cooper distinguished scholar and research director at the Williams Institute, was cited in today's landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States.
"As all parties agree, many same-sex couples provide loving and nurturing homes to their children, whether biological or adopted. And hundreds of thousands of children are presently being raised by such couples," the U.S. Supreme Court noted in its historic opinion, citing Gates’ studies. "Most states have allowed gays and lesbians to adopt, either as individuals or as couples, and many adopted and foster children have same-sex parents,” the court held. “This provides powerful confirmation from the law itself that gays and lesbians can create loving, supportive families."
Gates filed an amicus brief in the case in March.