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04/09/2014

'Mountains' of fake research filled with 'pages and pages' of invisible ink

by Jeremy Hooper

And now a man with an admitted belief that Satan is behind homosexuality will insist that the research world is simply teeming with evidence showing that kids do better with a mother and father:

Jeff Johnston, marriage and sexuality analyst for Focus on the Family, said there is a mountain of evidence to back up those claims [that children do best in a home with a married mother and father].

“There are pages and pages of studies that show that children do best in so many different ways when they have a married mother and father,” he said. “They are less likely to live in poverty, they do better in school, they’re less likely to be involved in crime and violence, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and they have better physical and mental wellbeing.”
FULL:
Focus on the Family's Citizenlink

Basically, when you hear the anti-LGBT crowd claim to have "mountains" or "pages and pages" of something, you know the overstatement is meant to hide the false witness. Especially when neither mountain nor page is accompanied with a link.

The truth is that all of the research they point to in order to denigrate our families is bunk, at best. This is why the most prominent example, Mark Regnerus' study, was just laughed out of federal court. "Entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," the judge said of the supposed findings, as this kind of "research" always is. Unlike the credible research from the credible groups, which all smile favorably on same-sex parenting.

And then there's the other truth, which is that ours is really the first generation where it's even possible to have a married mother and mother or married father and father. If marriage has all of the benefits that groups like Focus on the Family claims, then those benefits will logically apply to our families as well. My kid, for instance, has spent every second of her life with two parents in a state and federally recognized marriage. If Focus wants a direct comparison between a kid who grew up in a married opposite-sex household and a kid who grew up in a married same-sex household, then it's the growing number of families like mine to whom they'll need to look. And if they truly want to help drive success rather than drive a conservative agenda, then they need to stop working day and night on behalf of barriers that make my family's path as rocky as they can possibly make it.

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