Our Take: Robert Lopez, who teaches English at California State University, Northridge, responds in a very personalized way to criticisms leveled against a recent peer-reviewed study by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus. That study found significant differences in the well-being of adult children of raised in lesbian households.
I thank Mark Regnerus. . . . [H]is work is affirming to me, because it acknowledges what the gay activist movement has sought laboriously to erase, or at least ignore. Whether homosexuality is chosen or inbred, whether gay marriage gets legalized or not, being strange is hard; it takes a mental toll, makes it harder to find friends, interferes with professional growth, and sometimes leads one down a sodden path to self-medication in the form of alcoholism, drugs, gambling, antisocial behavior, and irresponsible sex. The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of themI know, because I have been there. The last thing we should do is make them feel guilty if the strain gets to them and they feel strange. We owe them, at the least, a dose of honesty. Thank you, Mark Regnerus, for taking the time to listen.