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Special Report: Children Raised In Same-Sex Couple Household

Some say it's wrong, others say it's right, but how to children feel about living in a same-sex couple household?
LITTLE ROCK, AR- Some say it's wrong, while others say it's right, but how do children feel about living in a same-sex couple household? We went to a Vilonia home to talk to two teens growing up with their mother and stepmother.

"We're just like everyone else. We have the same issues, we have our family pictures on the wall, we go to church," says Linda Meyers, raising children with wife.

Together, this family also likes to hang out in the living room, watch movies, go outdoors and take care of their family pets. While it took some time to adjust, 13-year-old Allison Meyers says the last three years have been normal. She was 10 when her mom first told her she was in a homosexual relationship.

"I screamed because it was different and I was young and didn't know what was happening," says Allison Meyers, living in same-sex couple household.

Her 19-year-old brother Andrew, took the news differently.

"They came in and I was like 'hey'. It wasn't really any different," says Andrew Meyers, living in same-sex couple household.

"I kind of freaked out because I was never really like around that kind of, so it just scared me," says Allison.

After their parents got a divorce, their mother Linda Meyers found she was attracted to other women. She met Angie Shelby online. Their relationship moved fast.

"It's weird, but not, because I've gotten used to it," says Allison.

And Allison got use to explaining the situation to curious classmates at school.

"They've asked if I've been adopted or anything because I have to tell them and explain everything," says Allison.

She says most kids are nice about it, but others, "They just kind of make jokes and there's this one kid who does it a lot and I told him to leave me alone about it."

"I feel bad because she doesn't deserve that. She is not in a homosexual relationship, we are. And so she shouldn't be made fun of," says Linda.

"People didn't come up to me or anything and asked me about it. My friends are like 'oh that's cool'," says Andrew.

No matter what kids say at school, both Andrew and Allison know "home" just feels like home.

"Are there any particular differences or it's just the same?" asks Susanne Brunner.

"Umm, no it's pretty much the same," says Andrew.

"And you've been happy with it?" asks Brunner.

"Yeah I'm happy with it," says Andrew.

But according to Jerry Cox, President of Arkansas Family Council, national data based on scientific studies disagrees with Andrew's assessment.

"Like the 2012 study from the University of Texas which seems to indicate that children who grow up in same sex households have many more emotional issues and other problems," says Jerry Cox, Arkansas Family Council.

This is why Cox believes children need the influence of both a mother and father.

"Not every child gets to grow up in that setting, but I think most people down through history have recognized that that's the gold standard," says Cox.

"If mom would've gotten a male to come in rather than Angie come in, I figured it would've been exactly the same really," says Andrew.

Andrew says he still talks to his dad and doesn't feel they  need a father figure in the household. Cox disagrees, "Children do need love, but love is not all that children need. Children need a mother and a father and they need a strong influence of both of those."

"She's definitely not going to be influenced by my relationship with Angie," says Linda.

"And I think someone, they're born with that," says Angie Shelby.

Linda says she raised her kids to have an open mind. Allison and Andrew have a message to those who disagree with their family unit.

"Don't judge people by how they are because that's just them," says Allison.

"They don't really know the situation or they're just not opening themselves up to the situation and just not accepting and they don't need to be that way," says Andrew.

They believe people need to be more accepting.

"Things are changing and it's just the way society is going now," says Andrew.

A cultural shift and dynamic this Arkansas family has grown to accept and value for a lifetime.

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