LGBT groups: gay, lesbian parenting report ‘flawed’Top Highlights, Around the Nation Thursday, June 21st, 2012
WASHINGTON – A new report on gay and lesbian parenting, which purports to show the “very harmful” affects of having gay and lesbian parents, has been described as flawed, misleading, scientifically unsound and disparaging to lesbian and gay parents by organizations that protect and advance the freedoms and equality of LGBT Americans.
The paper, New Family Structures Study, written by right-wing author Mark Regnerus (of the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin) and funded in large part by the anti-LGBT–equality Witherspoon Institute, makes a number of claims about negative outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents. However, for the most part, the paper doesn’t even look at same-sex couples raising a child together in a long-term committed relationship.
The Family Equality Council, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Freedom to Marry, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) pointed out that numerous flaws and a biased agenda undermine the claims made by the paper.
“Flawed methodology and misleading conclusions all driven by a right-wing ideology,” said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick added, “A growing majority of Americans today already realize the harms this kind of junk science inflicts on loving families. If the media decides that this paper is worth covering, journalists have a responsibility to inform their audiences about the serious and glaring flaws in its methodology, and about the biased views of its author and funders.”
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