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On the Marriage Equality front: Discredited researcher tries (again) to stand athwart history ...

First Published      Last Updated Jul 10 2014 02:32 pm


The people who oppose marriage equality have trotted out a person whose sociological research has been firmly and resounding discredited in an attempt to discredit some other sociologists' research.

Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? The New Australian Study Can't Tell Us — Mark Regnerus | The Witherspoon Institute

"The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families has been getting copious positive press coverage. Unfortunately, it has some serious methodological weaknesses — it studies only the lives and experiences of the LGBT elite. ..."

[h/t The Sutherland Institute]

This is what he's on about:

Largest-ever study of same-sex couples' kids finds they're better off than other children — German Lopez | Vox

Regnerus may well have a point about an overly small, and overly comfortable, sample used by the Australian data-crunchers. After all, when everyone in your survey is rich and well-educated, is that really representative of the whole culture? Money, after all, changes everything.

But couldn't these guys find anyone else to make that point?

What Does Mark Regnerus Want? — By Nathaniel Frank | Slate

"You might think that a researcher who was repudiated by his own department, caught lying about the role of funding in his research, and generally made the laughing stock of serious scholars in his field would lay low for a while. ...

"But if you were speaking of Mark Regnerus, you'd be wrong. ..."

Amendment 3's hired guns backfire on Utah: Utah's 'experts' have no credibility — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 3/26/14

" ... Late last week, another federal judge declared that Michigan's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, the Michigan Marriage Amendment, was unconstitutional. ...

" ... After the judge had taken all that in, he not only ruled against the ban, he also ruled that the 'experts' who testified in favor of keeping it were, basically, liars. ..."

Marriage studies are tangled web of deception — Chris Wangsgard | For The Salt Lake Tribune, 3/29/14

Or maybe it takes a person who makes grand assertions about how individual human beings do — and should — live based on tiny samples of people living messy, real lives to point out that someone else is doing the same thing.

In which case, we will have to make the decision on ethical and constitutional principals, not faux scientific certitude.

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