Social scientists defend Mark Regnerus' controversial study on same-sex parenting

Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 9:52 a.m. MDT

Our take: Sociologist Mark Regnerus set off a firestorm with his controversial study on same-sex parenting. Published in the July issue of Social Science Research, Regnerus found that young-adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships are more likely to experience emotional and social problems. The response has largely been negative to the study until June 20 when a group of 18 sociologists posted a defense of Regnerus work.

An influential group of social scientists -- including many who have appeared in CT's pages -- have issued a public statement defending Mark Regnerus's controversial study on same-sex parenting.

Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, published a paper in the July issue of Social Science Research that examined "how different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?" His findings, based on his New Family Structures Study, indicated that young-adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships are more likely to experience emotional and social problems.

His Slate article published in June drew more than 450 comments and set off a chorus of criticism.

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