Texas College: Anti-Gay Parenting Study Checks Out
Officials from the University of Texas have stated this week that a faculty member did not commit scientific misconduct when researching and creating a controversial study about gay parenting.
According to a statement by the school, the college will no longer continue its formal investigation against Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology.
"After consulting with a four-member advisory panel composed of senior university faculty members, the Office of the Vice President for Research concluded in a report on Aug. 24 that there is insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation," the statement reads.
The study, which is called "New Family Structures Study," made media headlines when it was published a few months ago. Regnerus’ research claims children of gay couples are worse off than kids raised by straight couples, EDGE reported. Gay activists and supporters were outraged by the findings and even scholars from the college criticized the associate professor’s work.
The study surveyed about 3,000 18-to-39 year olds. Most of the participants were raised by straight parents but 175 had mothers who once had a same-sex relationship and 73 had fathers who were also once with a member of the same sex. The results of the study claim that the children from these parents are more likely to end up on welfare, be unemployed, attend therapy as adults and exhibit other signs of adult dysfunction than those from heterosexual couples.
GLAAD, the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign issued a joint statement and called the study "flawed, misleading, and scientifically unsound." The organizations also noted that Renergus is known for his "his ultra-conservative ideology and the paper was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation - two groups commonly known for their support of conservative causes. The Witherspoon Institute also has ties to the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage, and ultra-conservative Catholic groups like Opus Dei." Rosenweig also noted the same thing and that the professor had taken "money from an anti-gay political organization for his study."