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Maggie Gallagher Trashes Positive Gay Parenting Study While NOM Pushes The Debunked Regnerus One

Maggie Gallagher  of the National Organization for Marriage (and lets be truthful she does work for them and has never stopped) took to the pages of the National Review trash an An Australian study” from the University of Melbourne which found that  the children of same-sex parents scored higher on measures of health, happiness and family cohesion than the of those in the “traditional family” general population that was reported by the New York Times:

Wrote Gallagher:

The New York Times  study and the media are widely reporting the results of a new study of 500 children raised by same-sex couples. Researchers are aghast that such a shoddy piece of work, which is based on a convenience sample of parents who volunteered to be surveyed, and which relies solely on these parents’ reports to determine child well-being, should have been published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. The author is facing a petition and statement signed by hundreds of reputable academics, questioning his moral character and scientific integrity, and the editor of the journal who published such a thing faces similar attacks and enquiries about whether the peer-review process was compromised. Oh wait, the study shows children of same-sex parents do better than the average child, after adjusting for income. Never mind.” – National Organization for Marriage’s Minister of Propaganda Maggie Gallagher

Actually Gallagher is lying in her statement the “authors” of the survey are not “facing a petition and statement signed by hundreds of reputable academics, questioning his moral character and scientific integrity”.

But speaking of those who have been called out on “moral character and scientific integrity”;  Mark Regnerus whose bought and paid for anti-gay parenting study which has been laughed at, debunked, ridiculed and even eviscerated by a Michigan judge back in March, is still being used and cited  this time by theLiberty Counsel’s in one of it’s  amicus brief’s in a Florida’s marriage cases.

And of course NOM took the opportunity to continue to continue pushing Regnerus’ discredited study:

The study (Regnerus’s) showed that there are “consistent differences among young adults who reported maternal lesbian behavior (and to a lesser extent, paternal gay behavior) prior to age 18.” Compared with children raised by their married biological parents, children raised in same-sex households are much more likely to have received welfare growing up, have lower educational attainment, report less safety and security in their family of origin, report more ongoing “negative impact” from their family of origin, are more likely to suffer from depression, and have been arrested more often. The study also showed that children of lesbian mothers are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance than children raised by their biological parents. Regnerus’s study shows clearly that the ideal home for a child is with his or her mother and father.

Well, they paid for the study. It’s not surprising they try to use it till its in total shreds.

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  1. One of the stupidest aspects of the NOMzi post is that it is an attack against a child born through surrogacy and now being raised by two gay dads. The NOMzi propaganda says that every child deserves a mother and a father. But the thing is, THIS child would not exist, had the two gay dads not wanted a baby. THIS baby only exists because the two gay fathers wanted a baby and took the steps for surrogacy. The NOMzi argument (allegedly based on the baby’s “rights”) seems to be that this baby should never have been born. The hypocrisy is vomitous. As if every baby born to an opposite gender couple were born into a healthful situation. As if every baby born through surrogacy were deserving of the NOMzis’ hateful stigma.

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