About Those Social Scientists Who Defended the Regnerus Study


Equality Matters takes a look at that group of social scientists tried — and failed — to defend the legitimacy of the Mark Regnerus study on same-sex parenting. Equality Matters takes a look at who those people are, with entirely unsurprising results.

Four of the proponents of Regnerus’s study are fellows at the Witherspoon Institute, the conservative organization that played the biggest role in funding the study and which has ties to a number of anti-gay groups.

Six of the study’s supporters signed on to a Witherspoon Institute report in 2008 which decried same-sex marriage as a “stimulus to the abolition of marriage”…

Six of the study’s supporters specialize in areas that likely provide them with very little, if any, insight about how to conduct an effective sociological survey (e.g., an economist who focuses on international trade, a political scientist who participated in Glenn Beck’s unaccredited “university,” etc.).

And of the remaining twelve who do study sociology, the overwhelming majority focus on issues unrelated to child development and family structure – aging, crime, race and ethnic relations, etc. Most of these professors actually specialize in the sociology of religion.

Furthermore, six of the “social scientists” backing the study actually have histories of opposing marriage equality that date back to long before Regnerus’s research was published.

Anyone shocked by that?

Comments

  1. Anneliese says

    We need to bring in a geologist. Clearly these social scientists have rocks in their heads.

  2. John Hinkle says

    Three of the study’s supporters were video taped executing “exceptionally wide stances” in public bathrooms. Two others have been seen in airports with young, apparently very active, male “luggage carriers.”

  3. mithrandir says

    Three of the study’s supporters were video taped executing “exceptionally wide stances” in public bathrooms. Two others have been seen in airports with young, apparently very active, male “luggage carriers.”

    Just to be clear, to my knowledge, this hasn’t actually happened… yet.

  4. pipenta says

    @ Anneliese,

    Yes, yes, by all means, a geologist. I suggest that fellow in Prometheus. He seems well qualified!

  5. kermit. says

    dingojack says: What no engineers?

    Nor dentists, nor weathermen!

    Hmmm. Sounds pretty reliable to me…

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