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`No bearing'

October 24th, 2013

The American Sociological Association announced Thursday that it has filed an amicus brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting legal challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Hawaii and Nevada.

The appeals court is reviewing the Jackson v. Abercrombie case from Hawaii, where gay couples have sued after being denied marriage licenses, and a similar case from Nevada. The proceedings in the Hawaii case are on hold pending a special session of the state Legislature to consider a gay marriage bill.

The American Sociological Association contends that social science research shows that the sexual orientation of parents has no bearing on their children's well-being.

"When the social science evidence is exhaustively examined -- which the ASA has done -- the facts demonstrate that children fare just as well when raised by same-sex parents,” the association's brief states. "Unsubstantiated fears regarding same-sex parents do not overcome these facts and do not justify upholding the Nevada and Hawaii marriage bans."

The association claims opponents of gay marriage misportray research from Mark Regnerus, a University of Texas sociology professor who has studied same-sex parenting.

Regnerus himself told state lawmakers in Hawaii at an informational briefing on Wednesday night that the children of same-sex couples do not do as well as children in families where there is a mother and father. He said, however, that the distinction is more about gender than sexual orientation.

13 Responses to “`No bearing'”

  1. Eric Ryan:

    So, according to a politically and socially liberal interpretation of Regenerus' approach, a same-sex household should have one homosexual parent act really butch and dress like a man while the other homosexual parent acts like a Mary and dresses like a woman. Then the kids will turn out just as fine as in 2-parent straight households. No wonder the ASA says things should be just hunky-dory. It's all in the window dressing.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    A child would be bullied and put
    in distress.

  3. Eric Ryan:

    There will be no bullying if all schools were to force feed a diet of pro-LGBT propaganda from preschool through high school graduation (or through Hawaii's GED test). We just need to force young minds to accept the belief that same-sex relationships and households are as good as, if not better than, straight relationships and households. Everyone older than 18 must be sent to reeducation camps where they will be forced to watch reruns of Modern Family and Will & Grace around the clock, without sleep or food, until they are cured of homophobia. Abercrombie and Democrats should be ashamed that these proposed measures have been left out of the bill being considered next week.

  4. Nala007:

    Eric - your comments are beyond reasonable difference of opinion and discourse. You really seem like a very psychologically disturbed person and based on your above comments, someone who is paranoid and has lost touch with reality. There is a reason you are not taken seriously. Get help.

  5. Eric Ryan:

    Actually, Nala007, the survey results are pretty conclusive and YOU aren't being taken seriously. Also, you're quite boring and rather disconnected from reality. Otherwise, you seem like a really nice anonymous, frightened person who hides behind a pseudonym.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    Proved my point.

  7. Nala007:

    You are talking about re-education camps. You're nuts. Keep up the good work. The more you talk, the more you harm your cause.

  8. Eric Ryan:

    Sorry, Nala007, but we have to put you in a reeducation camp for humorless souls who can't laugh at a ridiculous exaggeration once in a while. First, hypnosis will help us to understand what happened in your childhood (or in college) to make you so tedious and obtuse. Second, we will cancel your cable TV so you can go cold turkey without Rachel Maddow and PMSNBC for a little while. Third, if you haven't already slit your wrists after a week of missing Chris Matthews, we'll slowly wean you off your now daily e-blasts from DailyKos and MoveOn.org. Fourth and finally, we'll 'unlike' you from those strident, manhating Facebook pages so that the poison has a chance to leave your bloodstream. Then, it's off to the halfway house . . . close enough to UH-Manoa so you won't feel too uprooted, but far enough away so that you come to grips with the idea of working for a living. When you're ready to re-enter society, we'll show you your uptight comments from today and you'll understand why this intervention was so very necessary. So, are you ready for the reeducation camp?

  9. Especially Incognito:

    If it is about equality, than no need to have
    "special sessions". Each session should be
    treated equally. Seems the word "special"
    means those in need of a different treatment.
    Than that is not what equality means or is about.

  10. Auto de Fe:

    Read Regnerus' study here:
    New Research on Children of Same-Sex Parents Suggests Differences Matter

  11. Especially Incognito:


  12. Especially Incognito:

    "There will be no bullying if all schools were to force feed a diet of pro-LGBT propaganda from preschool through high school graduation (or through Hawaii's GED test)."

    "Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively to impose domination over others." Wikipedia.

    Seems conservatives contradict themselves. PERIOD!

  13. Scott Rose:

    Take for instance, Dr. Paul Amato, a peer reviewer of his paper.
    >Amato was a paid consultant to Regnerus's study.
    >No ethical journal editor would allow a paid consultant on the study to peer review a paper from the study's P.I.
    >Beyond that, while Amato was a paid consultant, Regnerus and his study's anti-gay-rights funders paid for Amato's wife to take an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation to Austin.
    >Later, Regnerus himself recommended Amato to "Social Science Research" editor James Wright as a peer reviewer.
    >Regnerus then e-mailed Amato, telling him he had recommended him as a peer reviewer and hoped that he would do the peer review.
    >So to spell it out for you: Regnerus arranged for Amato's wife to have an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation, and then Regnerus arranged for Amato to peer review his paper.
    >After my investigative efforts smoked Amato out as a peer reviewer who did peer review in unethical circumstances, Amato made this public confession:
    >"I understand that providing a review was not a good idea, because one should avoid even the hint of impropriety in matters like this."

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