Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Anti-Gay Regnerus Study Dismissed By Reviewers

From the New Civil Rights Movement:

In a lengthy interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Darren Sherkat, a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University, and a member of the editorial board of Social Science Research — the publisher of the Regnerus “study,” officially the “New Family Structures Study” (NFSS) – once again decimates the Regnerus paper. 
“When we talk about Regnerus, I completely dismiss the study,” Sherkat tells the Southern Poverty Law Center:
It’s over. He has been disgraced. All of the prominent people in the field know what he did and why he did it. And most of them know that he knew better. Some of them think that he’s also stupid and an ideologue. I know better. I know that he’s a smart guy and that he did this on purpose, and that it was bad, and that it was substandard.
Regular readers will note that The New Civil Rights Movement was at the forefront of investigating the background and methodology of the Regnerus work, which falsely claimed that adult children raised by gay and lesbian parents by far more likely to perform poorly in life. The Regnerus study claimed that these adults of gay parents had far great chances of using drugs, being on welfare and food stamps, have behavioral problems, and exhibit self-destructive behaviors. The list of negative outcomes was lengthy — and false...
This is a study that, since its publication, has been cited repeatedly by social conservatives, notably Bryan Fischer (American Family Association) and Tony Perkins (Family Research Council). The study was immediately called to question, especially in terms of the methodology. Yet again, the facts are not on the side of those who are looking for excuses to discriminate. Of course the main reason for this is that there are NO excuses to discriminate. From here on out, any time someone cites this study in their anti-gay crusade, they will be shooting their own credibility in the foot...just like Regnerus did to himself in carrying out such a flawed study.

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