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10/03/2012

Major Regnerus ally is Opus Dei, admits she finds marriage equality problematic

by Jeremy Hooper

One thing has always been really weird to me about the flawed Regnerus study. That is: If you do a Google site search on the website where all of the data is hosted (FamilyStructureStudies.com), the first article is dated back to Feb. 1, 2012—a full four months before the Regnerus study's June release. What comes up is a Spanish language version of an article written by Dr. Ana Samuel, who is a fellow at the anti-gay Witherspoon Institute:

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Not sure why the four month jumpstart or what it means (if anything), but it does tell me that Samuel is a major player in the whole process. This same article, in English form, is what now comes up on the summary page for this same Family Structure Studies site.

Since the release, Samuel has written other articles touting the study. One, hosted on the Witherspoon Public Discourse site and titled "The Kids Aren't All Right," has garnered much attention from both supporters and critics alike. That article has been cross posted in a number of conservative forums like Catholic Exchange.

So considering Ms. Samuel's close ties to the Regnerus project, blended with the highly Catholic ties that we know are ingrained in the DNA of the National Organization For Marriage (who is in love with the Regnerus study), I find the following video quite interesting. It is seven minutes of Ms. Samuel talking about her commitment to Opus Dei. Oh, and at the 3:15 mark, she admits that she finds marriage equality "problematic":

Deep, deep Catholic faith as root to work questioning gay families? It's not at all surprising, considering those of who are are paying attention know that deep Catholic faith is what is now motivating the entire marriage movement in largest part. But it's certainly good to get more reinforcement for this, the growing story of a certain faith view being imparted on an entire debate and population.

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