Mark Regnerus, the University of Texas sociology professor who authored a widely panned study on same-sex parenting that would likely get failed if a grad student were to propose such a study for a thesis, has spent a lot of time pretending to be just a truth-seeking researcher following the evidence where it leads (indeed, the anti-gay group that funded his study drafted talking points for him that said exactly that). An interview he did recently with far-right anti-gay pastor Jim Garlow should put that to rest once and for all.
There’s a very interesting segment of the interview around the 6 minute mark. He cites a study that shows that 20% of all marriages for those between 24 and 32 are non-monogamous, about half of them with the knowledge or consent of their partner. He claims that “30 or 40 years ago, if you had somebody who cheated you basically showed them the door.” But then he goes on to claim that “women are in a structurally more vulnerable position in the mating market than they used to be, and this sort of goes back 50 years to the advent of the pill.”
The discussion goes on and on from there, with the essential point being that all of this social science data that he has amassed proves that what the Bible says about sex is true and should be followed. But hey, he’s just an academic following the evidence wherever it leads, not a religious ideologue with an axe to grind churning out methodologically ridiculous “studies” to support that ideology. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.