When a federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage recently, he called out Mark Regnerus and his ridiculous study for being not just for having a faulty ideology, but for having one that was set up specifically to reach the desired result of the anti-gay groups that funded the study. That same study is being cited in similar lawsuits around the country and Chris Wangsgard calls it completely fraudulent:
The Regnerus’ “study” is the worst kind of junk science. Survey participants were asked whether either of their parents had ever been involved in a “romantic relationship” with a person of the same sex. Regnerus labeled the 248 participants who answered “yes” as children of same-sex relationships. Judge Friedman concluded this process had identified only offspring of failed heterosexual unions, thus proving nothing about same-sex parenting.Only two of the 15,000 survey respondents reported living with a same-sex couple for their entire childhood. Mr. Regnerus admitted he found these two individuals well adjusted.
In short, the Regnerus “study” compared the children of stable families and those of unstable families, but labeled the unstable families as same-sex families.
This study is so absurd in its methodologies that I don’t think it’s going too far to call it academic malpractice.