Anti-gay parenting researcher Mark Regnerus denounced by own university

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

Anti-gay parenting researcher Mark Regnerus denounced by own university
04 March 2014

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

Regnarus is the author of the paper ‘How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,’ published in the journal Social Science Research in 2012 which has been used by conservative groups to attack same-sex marriage and gay parenting but has since been discredited due to its methodology.

The study compared the outcomes of people aged 18 to 39 who had married heterosexual parents to the outcomes of people in that age bracket who had a parent who had ever been in a same-sex relationship – regardless of whether they had been when they were growing up or not.

The research has been rejected by the American Sociological Association, and the Chair of The University of Texas’ Department of Sociology has now released a statement about Regnarus’ research and claims.

‘Like all faculty, Dr Regnerus has the right to pursue his areas of research and express his point of view,’ Department of Sociology chair Christine L Williams wrote in her official statement, published yesterday.

‘However, Dr Regnerus’ opinions are his own. They do not reflect the views of the Sociology Department of The University of Texas at Austin. Nor do they reflect the views of the American Sociological Association, which takes the position that the conclusions he draws from his study of gay parenting are fundamentally flawed on conceptual and methodological grounds and that findings from Dr Regnerus’ work have been cited inappropriately in efforts to diminish the civil rights and legitimacy of LBGTQ partners and their families.

‘We encourage society as a whole to evaluate his claims.’

The University’s College of Liberal Arts in which the Department of Sociology is housed had already released a similar statement.

‘Dr Regnerus’ opinions are his own,’ the college said.

‘They do not reflect the views of the university. Like all faculty, he has the right to pursue his areas of research and express his point of view. We encourage the community of scholars and society as a whole to evaluate his claims.’

The statements from the department came on the same day that Regnarus was testifying in a Michigan case where two lesbian nurses are seeking the right to marry and adopt as a couple the three children they have already adopted as single people.

Regnarus claimed to the court yesterday that it was inconclusive whether same-sex couples could provide the same kind of parenting that opposite-sex couples could.

His claims are expected to be cross examined when the court reopens today.

A sociology professor who was asked to review Regnarus’ research by Social Science Research after publication went so far as to declare it ‘bullshit.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Biological and foster family fight to embrace intersex student

Student returns from university in South Africa to discover his biological parents now keen to welcome him back after sending him to a foster family because he was born intersex
No thumbnail available

Jodie Foster to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes in January

Lifetime achievement accolade for nototriously private two-time Oscar winner
No thumbnail available

Glee’s Chris Colfer on Cory Monteith: ‘Love and miss you’

Gay actor, who plays Kurt Hummel in the Fox musical comedy drama, has broken his silence over the death of his co-star
No thumbnail available

Church of England comes close to electing its first gay bishop

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote
No thumbnail available

Chile's ex-president promises gay marriage again in re-election race

Some Chilean activists doubt Michelle Bachelet's commitment to the LGBT community, accusing her of failed promises from her first administration
No thumbnail available

Trans, non-binary students protest biased new UK university admission rules

Students of all gender identities are celebrating after UCAS chooses to change their rules that could have arguably violated the Equality Act
No thumbnail available

Gay activists on front line of Hong Kong protests

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’
No thumbnail available

World’s first openly lesbian prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir quits politics

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has stepped down after four years in power as the world’s first openly gay or lesbian leader of a country
No thumbnail available

TV drama to look at US ban on 'biological donations' from gay men

Sunday's episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva tells story of man arrested for donating sperm
No thumbnail available

Liberal MP kicks off Brisbane Pride parade

Estimated 800 people join Brisbane Pride Festival parade, which is city council sanctioned for the first time