The media has been having a field day with the results of a recent study that claimed that children raised by gay couples seemed to fare better than those raised in traditional heterosexual households.
The study seemed to be a gold mine for gay-centered media like NBC News who said, “Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study.”
Well a researcher from the University of Texas is taking issue with the study (in fact he’s taking several issues with it). There are so many issues with the study that at the end of the day, Professor Mark Regenerus decides you probably shouldn’t even pay attention to it.
Ultimately, Regnerus argues, this study’s methodology is so problematic the results aren’t worth taking seriously. He concludes:
Until social scientists decide to do the difficult, expensive work of locating same-sex attracted parents (however defined) through random, population-based sampling strategies—preferably ones that do not “give away” the primary research question(s) up front, as [this study] did—we simply cannot know whether claims like “no differences” or “happier and healthier than” are true, valid, and on target.
There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children.
“Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,” was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re better off than other children,” proclaimed Vox, while NBCNews.com announced, “Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study.”
But the actual study is a little more, well, complicated.
In an article published on Public Discourse, University of Texas at Austin professor Mark Regnerus takes issue with the study’s method.