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11/20/2013 01:43 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Parenting Is Just Parenting: YourTango Panelists Sound Off

Gay parenting remains a hot-button issue throughout much of the U.S. and the world over.

Relationship and dating experts and coaches Frankie Bashan, Rick Clemons, J. Cameron Gantt and Mary Malia joined YourTango for an introspective debate focused on the subject of same-sex parenting.

"I think our children -- and your children -- are having the opportunity to grow up more tolerant of difference, and less afraid of somebody who isn't just like them," Malia, who was in a heterosexual marriage before coming out, said.

Clemons, who says he came out "late in life," said of his children: "I don't see there having been any ill effect [by being raised by a gay parent] ... Our kids are what they are."

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This video originally appeared on YourTango.com: "All You Need Is Love: Gay Parenting Is Just Parenting"

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