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Jun 17 2014

Wilcox: Same-Sex Marriage Makes Families More Stable

Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and one of the sociologists who contributed to Mark Regnerus’ infamously terrible study on gay parenting, told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that the data supports the idea that recognition of same-sex marriages helps boost family stability.

Following his talk, Wilcox took a number of questions from bishops on the floor of the meeting. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput asked why, if marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.

“Most of the scientists would say that there’s no difference … between a stable same-sex family and a stable heterosexual family,” replied Wilcox, noting that those scientists might consider stability the “key factor, not other issues that might relate to a child’s well-being.”

Yakima, Wash., Bishop Joseph Tyson asked why same-sex marriage is not considered by the studies Wilcox cited to be as dangerous as cohabitation.

“I think that the assumption … is that when same-sex marriage is legalized and it is given cultural support, it will be as stable as heterosexual marriage,” Wilcox replied.

“Is there data to back that?” Tyson asked.

“The data suggest that same-sex couples — and this is really preliminary — are more likely to have stable relationships when the legal regime is more supportive of their relationships,” Wilcox replied.

Imagine that. This supports the conservative argument for same-sex marriage, that all of the things that make heterosexual marriage good also apply to same-sex marriages.

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  1. 1
    whheydt

    That first question–the one about economic impact–makes one wonder if the bishop in question actually thought about what he was asking, as it contains its own answer.

  2. 2
    cptdoom

    Yakima, Wash., Bishop Joseph Tyson asked why same-sex marriage is not considered by the studies Wilcox cited to be as dangerous as cohabitation.

    Because y’all haven’t funded enough “studies” with Dr. Regnerus to create that data, silly.

  3. 3
    Alverant

    So you do what you can to keep homosexuals from getting married then use the fact they’re not married as proof of why they shouldn’t be allowed to get married. Nice scam you got there.

  4. 4
    Pen

    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput asked why, if marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.

    What does this mean?

  5. 5
    D. C. Sessions

    Pen, you’re not thinking like a wingnut.

    Law of Intended Consequences:

    * Given: marriage is valuable for economic success.
    * Apply values
    * Conclusion: prevent LGBT from marrying.

    Solve for the values that produce that syllogism. And don’t try to tell me that an archbishop in the Church that has universities run by the Jesuits has never learned what a syllogism is.

  6. 6
    Synfandel

    Pen wrote:

    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput asked why, if marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.

    What does this mean?

    Conservative Christians have a hard time conceiving of same-sex marriage as actual marriage. When they say simply “marriage”, they mean heterosexual marriage to the exclusion of any other kind.

    I suspect that what the Archbishop meant to ask was why, if [exclusive heterosexual] marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.

  7. 7
    eric

    Yakima, Wash., Bishop Joseph Tyson asked why same-sex marriage is not considered by the studies Wilcox cited to be as dangerous as cohabitation.

    Co-habitation is dangerous? I guess that makes college dorms the most dangerous places on earth.

    I’m guessing there’s some more cherry-picking of data going on here, as well as ignoring confounding factors or common causes. Most likely these guys are thinking “co-habitation without marriage is more prevalent in poorer, more crime-ridden neighborhoods, therefore co-habitation without marriage causes poverty and crime.”
    In any event, I’d be curious about where they’re getting their conclusion.

  8. 8
    freehand

    eric: I’m guessing there’s some more cherry-picking of data going on here, as well as ignoring confounding factors or common causes
    .
    Including, for example, age. If cohabitation vs marriage were the only thing considered, I’d expect the married people to be richer on the average, to be less likely to have been arrested in the last three years, to have more education, and more likely to own a house. Also, to be older…

  9. 9
    freehand

    Pen: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput asked why, if marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.
    .
    What does this mean?

    .
    Fundies and priests hear: “if medicine is so valuable for healing the sick, why is fake medicine being legalized in so many states?”
    .
    Humanists hear: “if marriage is so valuable for economic success, why the hell have we been preventing gays from getting married?”

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