There’s a new study out that purports to show that gay parenting leads to notable disadvantages for the children. The problem, of course, is that the study has an obvious, glaring flaw. In defining the sample of gay parents, the authors included all kinds of people who obviously didn’t fit the mold: a heterosexual female prostitute who occasionally services women, a woman who divorces her husband at the age of 55 (after her children are grown) and comes out of the closet…you get the picture:
In other words, Regnerus’ “Lesbian Mother” and “Gay Father” categories (unlike the “Intact Biological Family” Category) included children of adoptive parents, step-parents, single parents, and, notably, a large number from divorced parents. Regnerus then observes in the resulting data that the children of his “Lesbian Mothers” and “Gay Fathers” look less like children of married biological parents than they do like children of adoptive parents, step-parents, single parents, and divorced parents. Well, duh.
As Jim Burroway explains in his excellent analysis of the study, “If one wanted to intentionally create Lesbian Mothers and Gay Fathers groups which were least likely to look like an intact biological family, I can’t imagine a better way to do so than to take the steps Regnerus has taken here.”
This seems to be a pretty obvious ploy to skew the results of the study against gay parenting. I do wonder, however, in 20 years, if all the twenty-something college girls who once groped each other and made out in the cantinas of Cabo on their Spring Break, will be classified as lesbian moms. –Uncle Eb/John