Texas Prof Still Supports His Flawed Gay Parenting Study
A University of Texas sociology professor who is behind a controversial study about gay parenting admitted to an anti-gay organization that his findings are flawed, the Dallas Voice reports.
Since Mark Regnerus published the "New Family Structures Study" in August, LGBT groups criticized the professor’s claims that children of gay couples are worse off than kids raised by heterosexual couples. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign called the study "flawed, misleading, and scientifically unsound," EDGE reported.
But now it looks as though Regnerus himself is agreeing with those who opposed the research. He told Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine that he would be more careful about the language he used in his findings in the future.
"I said ’lesbian mothers’ and ’gay fathers,’ when in fact, I don’t know about their sexual orientation; I do know about their same-sex relationship behavior." he said. "But as far as the findings themselves, I stand behind them."
The study surveyed about 3,000 18- to-39 year olds who were mostly raised by straight parents. But 175 individuals said they had mothers who once had a same-sex relationship and 73 said their fathers were involved with someone of the same sex. The results claim that children from these parents are more likely to end up on welfare, be unemployed, and attend therapy as adults when compared to children from straight couples.
The Dallas Voice reports that Regnerus, who is a social conservative, said he didn’t use children from stable same-sex couples because, "they just were not that common in the nationally representative population." He said he was only able to find two lesbian couples that had been together for 18 years.
The article also notes that, according to Census figures, more than 6,8000 same-sex couples are raising children in Texas’ three largest metropolitan areas. But the professor said it was like "looking for a needle in a haystack."