BY SCOTT J. HAMILTON
A misleading new study claims to find disadvantages for children raised by same-gender parents. The biggest problem with this study, though, is that it does not really study same-gender parents.
This is another example of propaganda being disguised as “science.”
Conducted by right-wing Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, this recently published report was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation, two conservative, anti-gay foundations.
Because this study is deeply flawed, it contradicts three decades of solid science that shows little difference in the lives of children raised in a home by two heterosexual parents or two same-gender parents. The most striking, unifying chord in this body of research is that children raised in loving homes of two committed parents have far more opportunities than other children. It must be noted that some studies indicate that children raised by same-gender parents have more success than any other group.
This genuine research is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association. Each of these professional organizations concur that same-gender parents make good parents.
There are currently over two million children in the United States being raised by same-gender parents, the majority of whom are doing very well. The danger in a “study” such as this is that anti-gay groups will seize it as yet another weapon in a burgeoning arsenal to attack LGBT Americans.
To this point, an op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times holds up this study as a cautionary note in the debate over marriage equality.
This study is not worthy of publication in a scientific journal.
One can only hope that the researcher – and those who funded the study – are discredited swiftly by their peers.
Cimarron Alliance solidly denounces this study, its author, and the funders.
– Scott J. Hamilton is executive director of the Oklahoma City-based Cimarron Alliance Foundation
Illustration: Rob Tsinai