In a lawsuit broght forth by LGBT journalist and activist John Becker (pictured above) of the Bilerico Project a Florida state court judge has ruled that the University of Central Florida must turn over all records related to the publication of the debunked 2012 study conducted by Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents. Regnerus’ research has been called into legal question not merely for its questionable results, but also because the study was underwritten and backed by the Witherspoon Institute, and other anti-gay organizations.
In the opinion, Orange County Circuit Judge Donald Grincewicz ruled that emails and documents possessed by University of Central Florida (UCF) related to the flawed study’s peer-review process must be turned over to Becker, who sought the documents under Florida’s Public Records Act. UCF houses the journal Social Science Research, which published the Regnerus study, and the editor of the journal, UCF Professor James Wright, led the peer-review process for the research. Becker is represented by the Law Office of Andrea Flynn Mogensen, P.A., and Barrett, Chapman & Ruta, P.A.
Over two hundred scholars as well as the American Sociological Association were quick to point out the study’s glaring lies and biases. These problems also included conflicts of interest among individuals and organizations who were both funding and working on the study, as well as a questionable peer review process.
Regnerus’ “research” has been widely used by opponents of a marriage and LGBT equality into law. And Regnerus’ phoney research and bogus anti-gay findings has been most damaging in Russia – where it has been used as evidence for the heinous legislation that criminalized “homosexual propaganda”