We are often told in the media that there is a ‘consensus’ that there are ‘no differences’ between children raised by same sex parents (SSP) and those raised by married biological parents (MBP). Studies posted on this site refute this claim and one of those studies was conducted by Mark Regnerus, professor of sociology at University of Texas. This study is described elsewhere on this site as is the furore that erupted because Regnerus dared to challenge this supposed scholarly consensus that no differences existed.
In this article, Professor Regnerus takes us through several things:
1. how the supposed consensus came about
2. Where the data that supposedly support this consensus came from and why these individuals DO NOT CONSTITUTE a random representative sample.
3. The criticisms of his own study, including the fact that he revised his analysis using these criticisms and arrived at the same conclusions.
4. How differences can be ‘controlled’ out of a data set to give you results that may be politically useful but not scientifically accurate
5. How data still confirms that children do best with a mother and a father.
He concludes with a story:
It reminds me of a story recently told to me by a professor from another university, who lives next door to a woman-a mother- who’s been through three same-sex relationships in the past few years that they’ve been neighbours. The professor confessed that he’ll be out in his back yard playing with his kids, only to notice his neighbour’s son looking at them over the fence, watching, wanting. The boy’s mother, aware of this, lamented to the professor, ‘I’m doing the best I can’.
Explaining control variables and indirect effects to the boy would be of small comfort, I suspect. He wants a father- and he deserves one’.
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