Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and one of the sociologists who contributed to Mark Regnerus’ infamously terrible study on gay parenting, told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that the data supports the idea that recognition of same-sex marriages helps boost family stability.
Following his talk, Wilcox took a number of questions from bishops on the floor of the meeting. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput asked why, if marriage is so valuable for economic success, same-sex marriage is being legalized in so many states.
“Most of the scientists would say that there’s no difference … between a stable same-sex family and a stable heterosexual family,” replied Wilcox, noting that those scientists might consider stability the “key factor, not other issues that might relate to a child’s well-being.”Yakima, Wash., Bishop Joseph Tyson asked why same-sex marriage is not considered by the studies Wilcox cited to be as dangerous as cohabitation.
“I think that the assumption … is that when same-sex marriage is legalized and it is given cultural support, it will be as stable as heterosexual marriage,” Wilcox replied.
“Is there data to back that?” Tyson asked.
“The data suggest that same-sex couples — and this is really preliminary — are more likely to have stable relationships when the legal regime is more supportive of their relationships,” Wilcox replied.
Imagine that. This supports the conservative argument for same-sex marriage, that all of the things that make heterosexual marriage good also apply to same-sex marriages.