Mark Regnerus has long claimed that his study suggesting gay parents are inferior was not politically manipulated by anti-equality groups. In a comment posted on the National Review Thursday, however, he proved that he shares those groups’ bias against gay parenting, even though he has admitted his study didn’t actually address that question. Regnerus was not impressed by the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsement of marriage equality — not surprising considering the endorsement debunked his research:
I’m neither surprised at the statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsing gay marriage nor at its timing. Whether the statement adequately captures the consensus of pediatricians across the country is, of course, unknown. The report points out the strengths and weaknesses of the social science in this area, and notes correctly that causal arguments here are very difficult to make.
The science on same-sex parenting remains comparatively new, unable to keep up with political and legal developments. But those few population-based studies that exist — that map what’s going on across the country — seem to foster skepticism about moving quickly or universally to deny children their right to a mom and a dad. It’s not a popular position, of course.
In the end, we all want children to thrive. Many organizations and scholars assert that same-sex marriage is a step toward that end, ensuring household stability. Others remain skeptical, and wonder whether this isn’t more about parents’ wishes than those of children.
Regnerus of course ignores the impact of marriage on same-sex couples who are already raising children. Combined with his intention to speak at a National Organization for Marriage conference, he has officially confirmed that he’s a tool of the anti-equality research, not an independent researcher.