An Australian study found that gay parents place a big priority on spending time with their children, perhaps because of the effort gay people must go to, to have kids. As a result, both partners usually take responsibility for generating income and household tasks. It was also found that compared with straight parents, both gay parents are much more likely to be working part-time. The study – Work, Love and Play – compared the experience of 317 same-sex parents and 958 straight parents.
Only 6 percent of Australian couples with children under the age of 15 have neither parent working full time, compared with 23 percent of lesbian couples. The findings have been published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.