In a (not so) stunning display of bigotry, the Family Research Council (article from Gamespot) says BioWare has ‘gone to the dark side’ because of the promise to include same-gender romance in the MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. I find it appalling that BioWare is being blasted for once again choosing to include everyone in their games.
Let me be clear, I’m an advocate for equal treatment of everyone, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, relationship status, or religion. I previously wrote a post applauding BioWare and David Gaider (Lead Writer of Dragon Age series and novels) for the statement “We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention.” yet again for making their games for everyone, whether they’re straight or gay, male or female and everything in between.
There have been several articles written and research done on children who grow up in households with same-gender parents. The studies show that these children are as well adjusted as their counterparts.
“Current claims that children need both a mother and father are spurious because they attribute to the gender of parents beneﬁts that correlate primarily with the number and marital status of a child’s parents since infancy. At this point no research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child well-being. To ascertain whether any particular form of family is ideal would demand sorting a formidable array of often inextricable family and social variables. We predict that even ‘‘ideal’’ research designs will ﬁnd instead that ideal parenting comes in many different genres and genders.”
(Biblarz, T. J. and Stacey, J. (2010), How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 3–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00678.x)
Families come in all colors, shapes and sizes, outside the standard you see on tv. Children can be loved and raised well in many different types of families. I don’t believe that BioWare is ‘ruining’ children who play their game because of allowing same-gender romance.
Oh, and BioWare definitely got my money. I was in the beta for StarWars The Old Republic. I pre-ordered the game. I also have been casually playing the MMO. SWTOR and BioWare are Phyrra approved.