FRC: Regnerus Study the ‘Gold Standard’

The new study out of Australia that finds the children of gay parents do at least as well as the children of straight parents (better, by some measures) has the anti-gay bigots in this country scrambling. The Family Research Council made this lame attempt to refute it by citing the ridiculous Regnerus study as the “gold standard” of such research.
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FOIA Suit Over Regnerus Study Continues

One of the interesting stories regarding that terrible Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting is a lawsuit filed by John Becker against the University of Central Florida over their refusal to comply with an open records request for documents on how the study came to be published. Becker has a report on how that case is going at Bilerico.
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Utah Withdraws Use of Regnerus Study

On Thursday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the appeal of a district court decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. In the wake of the Michigan case, they sent a letter to the court distancing itself from Mark Regnerus’ terrible study, which they had used at the trial level. That letter said, in part:
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Despite Michigan Case, Regnerus Still Being Cited

When a federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage recently, he called out Mark Regnerus and his ridiculous study for being not just for having a faulty ideology, but for having one that was set up specifically to reach the desired result of the anti-gay groups that funded the study. That same study is being cited in similar lawsuits around the country and Chris Wangsgard calls it completely fraudulent:
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Regnerus Testimony Doesn’t Go Well

Mark Regnerus testified as an expert witness in a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and second parent adoption on Tuesday. It didn’t go well. On the same day he testified, his department at UTexas released a statement distancing themselves from his atrocious study. And it didn’t hold up well under cross examination.
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Plaintiffs in Marriage Case Want Regnerus Ruled Out

A set of plaintiffs in Michigan who are challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption have filed a brief asking the court to disallow the testimony of Mark Regnerus as an expert in the case, citing the many methodological problems in his famous study of gay parenting (which wasn’t really about gay parenting at all). This is what is known as a Daubert challenge to the relevance and reliability of an ostensible expert in a case.
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Judge Orders Release of Documents on Regnerus Study

After the publication of Mark Regnerus’ absurd and much-criticized study on gay parenting last year, a Florida man named John Becker filed a request under the Florida Public Records Act to get documents related to how it got published by the University of Central Florida (the editor of the journal the study was published in is on staff there). A judge has now ruled that they must release those documents, including email communications during the peer review process.
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Regnerus’ Weird Comments at Conference

The Ruth Institute, the “think tank” associated with the National Organization for Marriage, held their annual “It Takes a Family to Raise a Village” conference for students last weekend. The College Fix, a conservative student news site, has a report on some of the weird claims being made there. Some of the framing being used was extraordinarily dishonest.
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Regnerus Talks to Jim Garlow

Mark Regnerus, the University of Texas sociology professor who authored a widely panned study on same-sex parenting that would likely get failed if a grad student were to propose such a study for a thesis, has spent a lot of time pretending to be just a truth-seeking researcher following the evidence where it leads (indeed, the anti-gay group that funded his study drafted talking points for him that said exactly that). An interview he did recently with far-right anti-gay pastor Jim Garlow should put that to rest once and for all.
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Regnerus Gets His Talking Points

My former colleague at the American Independent News Network, Sofia Resnick, has been doing a lot of digging into that now-infamous parenting study by Mark Regnerus that is now being cited widely by the religious right against same-sex marriage. And she’s been finding some very interesting things. A month ago she reported that the study was rushed into publication to make sure it was out in time for the marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. And last week she revealed that the Witherspoon Institute, the right wing think tank that funded the study, had prepared talking points for Regnerus to help him appear reasonable in the media.
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