Professor’s School Studying Whether Anti Gay-Parenting Study Violated Standards
Officials from the University of Texas are investigating a professor that claims children of gay couples are worse off than kids raised by straight couples, the Austin Statesman reported.
Last month Professor Mark Regnerus published the "New Family Structures Study," which outraged a number of gay activists and supporters, in the journal Social Science and Research. Now, scholars from the college are criticizing the anti-gay study as well.
The study surveyed about 3,000 18-to-39 year olds. They were mostly participants who were raised by straight parents but 175 had mothers who had once had a same-sex relationship and 73 had fathers who were also once with a member of the same-sex. The results of the study claim that the children from these parents are more likely to end up on welfare, be unemployed, attend therapy as adults and more, than those from heterosexual couples.
GLAAD, the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign called the study "flawed, misleading, and scientifically unsound." Now, officials from the University of Texas are looking into the paper after Scott Rosenweig, a freelance writer, sent a letter to the school and complained that Regners allegedly created "a study designed so as to be guaranteed to make gay people look bad, through means plainly fraudulent and defamatory."
The LGBT rights organizations have also pointed out that Regnerus is known for "his ultra-conservative ideology and the paper was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation - two groups commonly known for their support of conservative causes. The Witherspoon Institute also has ties to the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage, and ultra-conservative Catholic groups like Opus Dei." Rosenweig also noted the same thing and that the professor had taken "money from an anti-gay political organization for his study."
Regnerus says he followed the standard guidelines for his research, however.
"A team consisting of leading family researchers was involved in developing the research protocol," Regnerus wrote in an email. "This academic team merged scholars across disciplines and ideological lines in a spirit of civility and reasoned inquiry, and the protocol developed by this team was subsequently approved by the University of Texas’ Institutional Review Board."