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

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 4:19 a.m. MDT

In this Wednesday, April 28, 2010 photo, Cara Palladino, left, and Isabelle Barker, background, feed their son, Will Palladino, 1, at their home in Philadelphia. ociologist 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. (Matt Slocum, AP) In this Wednesday, April 28, 2010 photo, Cara Palladino, left, and Isabelle Barker, background, feed their son, Will Palladino, 1, at their home in Philadelphia. ociologist 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. (Matt Slocum, AP)

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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