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Petitioning Provost, University of Central Florida Dr. Tony Waldrop and 9 others

Discipline Regnerus Editor James Wright

We, the undersigned, demand that you enforce the University of Central Florida's "CREED" against your faculty member James Wright, who violated it in multiple egregious ways in publishing anti-gay hit-job papers by Mark Regnerus, Loren Marks, and Walter Schumm in Elsevier's journal "Social Science Research," which is headquartered on the UCF campus.

Please note that when your university's CREED was first promulgated, UCF's Patricia MacKown said: "It is not a student creed but a creed for the entire community, it does not apply to students only."

Take Item 1 of the CREED: INTEGRITY: "I will practice and defend academic and personal honesty."

UCF's James Wright violated the INTEGRITY pledge from UCF's creed -- twice -- in June, 2012, and then again in November, 2012, when he knowingly published Mark Regnerus's lie that his anti-gay-rights funders -- who are religious anti-gay bigots -- played no role in his study design, data collection or data analyses.

In August, 2012, investigative reporters documented beyond all doubt that Regnerus's funders were involved in the study design of the so-called "New Family Structures Study." Wright ignored those investigative reporters' presentations of the evidence, and went ahead to publish the same galling lie from Regnerus in his follow-up NFSS, non-peer-reviewed paper in November.

Investigative work has demonstrated that while the combined Marks and Regnerus papers were contrived for use as a bigot's cudgel against gay people, not a single one of the peer reviewers is trained or experienced in LGBT-sciences. All of the peer reviewers had conflicts of interest, including fiduciary conflicts of interest, with Regnerus funding agency representative W. Bradford Wilcox among the worst.
When NFSS paid consultant Dr. Paul Amato was smoked out as a peer reviewer of the Regnerus paper, he made this public confession: "I understand that providing a review was not a good idea, because one should avoid even the hint of impropriety in matters like this. "

The NFSS was commissioned by anti-gay bigots with the stipulation that it be carried out by somebody opposed to LGBT equality. It's anti-gay conclusions were so firmly decided in advance, that Regnerus and Wilcox traveled with Witherspoon money in August, 2011 -- BEFORE DATA COLLECTION OCCURRED -- to discuss NFSS media and P.R. promotions with the religious anti-gay bigot Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family. Regnerus reported back to Witherspoon president Luis Tellez that the meeting went well, and they had a good study promotions plan moving forward.

Among the people to acknowledge that Regnerus lied in his paper, and that Wright committed gross editorial misconduct in publishing the two Rengerus anti-gay packages, are Dr. Cecilia Ridgeway -- President of the American Sociological Association -- and Dr. Philip Cohen -- Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Maryland. Both have told UCF's James Wright that the intellectual integrity of "Social Science Research" depends on the Regnerus paper being retracted.

UCF boasts of "Social Science Research" being a "top journal" housed on campus. It is past time for you to begin to restore honor to your campus. Tell James Wright to acknowledge publicly that he published Regnerus's lie, knowingly, twice, and then pressure him, however you must, until he retracts the Regnerus, Marks and Schumm papers.

The LGBT community has matured. We will not stand for the dishonest academic James Wright violating your university's creed and getting away with it at our expense.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Provost, University of Central Florida
    Dr. Tony Waldrop
  • Editor in Chief, Central Florida Future
    Andy Zunz
  • UCF President's Assistant Chief of Staff
    Nancy Marshall
  • University President's Chief of Staff
    John F. Schell
  • President of the University of Central Florida
    John C. Hitt
  • A gay UCF employee
    Michael Freeman
  • UCF General Counsel
    Scott Cole
  • Chair, UCF Department of Sociology
    Dr. Jana Jasinski
  • Nursing School, University of Central Florida
    Julee Waldrop
  • General News Line
    Knight News, UCF Campus Paper

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