University of Texas: Investigate Anti-Gay Junk Science Study
  • Petitioned William Powers

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President, University of Texas at Austin
William Powers
Editor-in-Chief, Social Science Research
James Wright

University of Texas: Investigate Anti-Gay Junk Science Study

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      Truth Wins Out

A controversial new study by researcher Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin claims that gay and lesbian couples are unfit parents. One look at the study, however, reveals it to be totally fraudulent and lacking any basis in sound science.

In response, the American Psychological Association (APA) said this week that leading mental health organizations “have concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation.” This is based on “a remarkably consistent body of research on lesbian and gay parents and their children.”

Clearly, Regnerus’ work is not in the mainstream, but on the far fringe of scientific legitimacy. It seems the researcher may have manipulated his interpretation of the data to please the virulently anti-gay bullies who funded his pseudo-science study.

Indeed, the study was funded with a $695,000 grant from the Witherspoon Institute and a $90,000 grant from the archconservative Bradley Foundation. Most ominously, Princeton professor Robert P. George is a key member of Witherspoon. George has been affiliated with the Family Research Council and is a founder of the notoriously anti-gay National Organization for Marriage. While Regnerus is trying to bill his work as the “gold standard” of science, upon closer inspection this research looks more like fool's gold.

The University of Texas should immediately launch an investigation to determine whether Regnerus’ research was truly independent, or if he worked in concert with anti-gay activists to smear loving gay parents and harm their children. Was the goal to produce legitimate science, or to manufacture a political club for use in an election year with marriage equality on the ballot in four states?

If collusion occurred which created a conflict of interest and compromised the academic integrity of the university, appropriate action should be taken against Regnerus.

Urge the University of Texas at Austin to launch an investigation today -- sign Truth Wins Out's petition.

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    • kris switzer KINGSTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      this is how Hitler was able to get so many,other wise,good people to support him.With lies,bogus studies about Jewish people.Its so sad that people cant use their common sence to see through these kind of down right lies.One of the things this said study found is that children raised by lesbians are 10 times more likely to be touched sexually by a parent or adult then one raised by straight parents...I would really like to know how they twisted the study to come up with that one...

    • Bradley Chappell FAISON, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I remember the propaganda of the communist era..millions were brainwahwsed. I don't want these propagandists to win out. How many deaths will their hatred cause?

    • Robert Holmes SUMMIT, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This pseudo-science is the Eugenics of the 21st Century and must be treated as such!

    • Patricia G. Gerresheim WEST SHOKAN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Hate is not a family value. People are people, and should be allowed to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they are not a danger to themselves and others. Adult children of gay parents turn out just fine, thank you very much!

    • Laine Wallace SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Robert P George is imposing his religious beliefs on society anyway he can. He is homophobic and founded NOM. He's bad news


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