A proposed state ban on lesbian and gay marriages in California would affect nearly 150,000 children living with lesbian and gay couples or single parents.
According to a study by Michael Wald, Stanford University law professor, those children might feel ostracized by society if their parents' marriages were not considered valid. Wald specializes in the effect of public policies on children.
"By all reports, these families are doing very well," said Wald. He also indicated that studies show children of lesbian and gay parents do well in school and are well-adjusted, but frequently face intolerance.
Proposition 22 would allow California to recognize marriages only with a woman and a man. Voters will decide on this issue in March.
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