Monday, March 11, 2013

Anti-Gay Parenting Study Was Manipulated to Influence SCOTUS

The now infamous Mark Regnerus,
from ThinkProgress
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a badly named group dedicated to the sole purpose of preventing marriages: those of gay people. They purport to be only about "protecting marriage"--the word itself, and/or the concept, and/or "holy matrimony"--but the more you follow them, the more evident their real mission is. They want to prevent gay people from being seen as equal in society. It's about far more than marriage, but they realize that once that is achieved, the rest of the battle for them is lost. Particularly now, with support surging for marriage equality.

Because other arguments have failed, NOM and their affiliated groups have latched onto the argument that marriage is for children, and the natural bio-mom, bio-dad, 2.5-child nuclear family. Period. Though this very argument has failed pretty spectacularly in court, they've decided this is their best hope, and they've put all of their effort into pushing it. Amazingly enough, a study came out that actually made their argument seem stronger, by painting the parenting skills of gay couples as suspect.

Surprising no one who has been paying attention, the study has been found to be not at all what they claimed it to be. So, while NOM and their attendant groups claim to have a Biblical case against marriage equality, they seem to have no problem whatsoever with bearing false witness. And to the Supreme Court, no less.


Documents Reveal Anti-Gay Parenting Study Was Manipulated To Influence Supreme Court

Mark Regnerus has admitted his “family structures” study didn’t actually measure gay parenting, comparing the children of separated parents who had same-sex relationships with those of married opposite-sex parents. An internal auditor of the journal that published the Regnerus study last year concluded its findings were “bullshit” because this false comparison doesn’t adequately measure same-sex parenting. . .

Read more at: Think Progress

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