Maryland Marriage Alliance Chairman Derek McCoy told the Chesapeake Christian Fellowship that children of same-sex couples do not fare as well as children of opposite-sex couples because they are not God’s “best.” And his source for this claim was the widely–debunked Regnerus “study.”
As first noted by Jeremy Hooper on Good As You, McCoy told the congregation:
If you look at statistics, I’m telling you, if you look at statistics, you look at understanding and how things work, kids fare better with a mom and a dad. There is a recent study out there, called the Regnerus study, but basically it’ll tell you straight up — largest sample study and it’s taken a long time to get out there — but it’ll tell you about kids that are being raised in these homes, they are not fairing as well. Now I could go down the stats, you say “we’ll that’s not true.” No I’m telling you, they did a statistical study on this stuff. And they’re just not fairing as well. Because, guess what. It’s not what God created, it’s not his best.
Listen to the audio here:
The faulty “study” McCoy cites has been widely condemned by professors, therapists, and physicians. Mark Regnerus failed to draw a distinction between children raised by same-sex couples and children who believed at sometime before their 18th birthday their mother or father had “ever ha[d] a romantic relationship with someone of the same sex.” The study was funded by right-wing organizations and the majority of its subjects grew up in the 70s, 80s, and 90s — when same-sex relationships were more heavily stigmatized and not recognized in any state.
The American Psychological Association has consistently determined that there is “no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation: lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children.”