Sociologists defend same-sex parenting before Supreme Court

Family with two moms

(Image: Jez Burrows/New York Times)


Among the many amicus briefs filed before the Supreme Court this week addressing marriage equality, the brief from the American Sociological Association is one of the most concise explanations of what social science actually has to say about same-sex parenting. The ASA pulls no punches when debunking the many fraudulent claims made by BLAG (the House Republicans’ defending the Defense of Marriage Act) or the proponents of Proposition 8, making clear that “there is no evidence that children with parents in stable same-sex or opposite-sex relationships differ in terms of well-being.”

What’s particularly notable about this brief is the time it takes to unpack everything that was flawed about Mark Regnerus’s study that claimed that children who had parents in same-sex relationships fared worse. The study has been called “bullshit” by an internal audit of the journal that originally published it, and even Regnerus has admitted that he really didn’t capture any valid information about gay fathers or lesbian mothers. Nevertheless, conservatives repeatedly cite it as evidence against same-sex parenting,


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