When ‘studies’ are substituted for God or common sense [Darleen Click]
Will the acolytes still adhere to the conclusions when studies go against their political ideology?
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in his decision overturning Proposition 8 that social science had disproven the idea that children benefit from being raised by their mom and dad in a marriage. The American Psychological Association has issued a proclamation to that effect, allegedly based on a neutral study of scientific evidence.
Today in the Social Science Journal, as Charles C. W. Cooke reports over on the home page, two new studies were published that challenge these assumptions and launch us into a new phase of the scientific debate.
Professor Mark Regnerus, the author of the New Family Structures Survey project, has published a study that is not only the largest and most comprehensive, it is only the second study based on a probability sample. Scientifically this is huge. (I am told there is a study just published in the Journal of Marriage and Family on education that also uses a probability sample. I’ll track that down.)
On 25 of 40 outcome measures, adult children who reported their mother had a same-sex romantic relationship fared poorly compared to children raised by intact biological married parents. This should surprise no one. It doesn’t mean that gay parents are bad parents. Plenty of kids raised outside of intact married families do fine. Nonetheless, this new research tends to affirm that the ideal for a child is a married mom and dad.
Same-sex marriage advocates have declared it “settled science” that having two-same sex parents makes no difference, or are even (in the case of lesbian couples) better than “a woman and man with a traditional division of family labor.”
You know, much like
Anthropogenic Global Warming climate change science is “settled.”
Having and promoting ideals doesn’t negate the legitimacy or success of other arrangements. The majority of cigarette smokers will never get lung cancer, but we urge our kids, family members and friends not to smoke.
What isn’t legitimate is for those who cannot, or will not, reach that ideal to spend their time and effort trying to destroy it by all means necessary.
Tags: gay marriage, ideals, parenting, same-sex marriage