Originally posted by halfoldman
I'm just a bit confused, because the study doesn't study gay parenting, it studies broken homes.
edit on 13-6-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)
Yes, thank you. How many people here don't understand that correlation doesn't necessarily mean causation. Minority families, women also have higher rates of economic hardship, poorer heath outcomes, depression, etc. But we don't say stuff like blacks, hispanics, women, are not fit to raise children (a. because it's not true and b. would be a horribly racist thing to say). What we do know is that society has been discriminating against certain people for centuries upon centuries and so obviously it's going to be much much harder to get a leg up in a world that is hellbent on being a bigoted asshole toward you. This of course is obvious to most people who are not looking for ways to justify their homophobia (Though I assume these would be the same types who would have supported anti-miscegenation laws back in the day when rabid racism was still fashionable, since today it's rabid homophobia, we get comments like those here). The fact that the outcome of this study is being interpreted as "gays are unfit parents/unnatural" as opposed to centuries of systematic discrimination of gay families of course is a prime example of confirmation bias. In fact if we just follow the money, you would learn that the two sponsors of this study were conservative organizations, and the author himself a Christian who is "anti-gay-marriage". At least the author was honest enough to admit to this.
"Regnerus said funding from the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation, which he acknowledged are known for supporting conservative causes."
And to the confirmation bias:
"He also noted in his paper that different outcomes for children of same-sex vs. heterosexual parents could be in part due to a lack of social support for same-sex parents, stigmatizing of gay parents."link
And it seems many of the commenters here screaming "SEE!!!! It's UNNATURAL!!!" seem just as happy to ignore all the evidence of homosexuality in the animal kingdom (hundreds of examples which have shown evolutionary benefit) as well as the evolutionary benefit in humans. (Oh wait, I forgot, most of you probably don't believe in evolution to begin with, nvm :lol