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Published: Thursday, Dec. 20 2012 7:11 p.m. MST

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Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

Is the DN so desperate losing the argument on SSM that needs to resort to this ridiculous premise?

windsor
City, Ut

"Link found between porn use and supporting same-sex marriage"
Well, duh.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I find this kind of science almost funny.... could it be people who are more sexually liberal be liberal on all aspects of the issue? To think that one caused the other, or the other way around is just plain junk science. This is like saying football fans seem to like basketball... does football viewing cause basketball viewing?

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

So this is brought to us by the same gentleman whose "research" earlier this year had to be redacted by the journal that published it because of his complete failure to follow basic research methods. I wonder if he has ever heard the saying it is better to keep quite and have people think you a fool then to open your mouth and prove yourself one.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

The headline is very misleading - the article claims to have found a correlation, not a link - there is no causation established, merely a commonality.

Recent studies have found that countries with a higher consumption of chocolate have more Nobel prizes. Does eating chocolate cause one to win a Nobrl prize? If course not. It is a commonality, a correlation - not a causation.

Porn and same-sex marriage have the same relationship as chocolate and Nobel prizes - there is a commonality, a correlation - and absolutely no proof of causation or any dependent link - and while the article may hypothesize a link, it does not claim to prove one.

Jeffrey Wilbur
Eagle Mountain, UT

Correlation? Meet causation.

You know what we gay rights supporters also do? Breathe. Now, I'm not saying oxygen is directly tied with the gay agenda, but you can't deny there's a link there.

I mean, look, for my part in this, when I'm sitting down for a good gay porn session, I'd just feel a lot better knowing the people involved were married. I have a sense of propriety, you know.

By the way, Mark Regnerus is the associate professor from Texas who made it his agenda to prove a link between gay parenthood and inferior children which has been overwhelmingly proven to be inherently biased and scientifically unsound. Upon peer review, it was dismissed with the phrase "severely flawed", which is their nice way of saying, "This got was hired as a professor in our field?"

His qualifications in sociology are about as extensive as his qualifications in basic logic and compassion.

Interpret that how you will.

dday_0612
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Well, this is great news for gay marriage in Utah!!!

Utah leads the nation in porn use, so it must be the most supportive of gay rights too!!!

Very exciting!!

Doc Anderson
weston, ID

This article does not explain why Utah has the highest rate of porn use, yet is is one of the least supportive of same sex marriage. This is the exact opposite of what this author claims.

wamba
Layton, UT

The article says, "Of course, correlation doesn’t mean causation, and I’m not suggesting causation here. But I’m also pretty confident the “causal arrow” wouldn’t run in the other direction. (Why would supporting same-sex marriage encourage you to look at porn?)"

Really? You can't think why having a liberal approach to politics might cause someone to think porn isn't the horrible thing the conservative, religious people of the world say it is?

Does your school not teach critical thought anymore?

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

Your headline is false. A link was *not* "found."

A link was postulated by someone who's against gay marriage. He's offered no scientifc evidence that such a link exists.

It's ironic that the DN recently reported, in glowing terms, on the Mormon Church's new website that reaches out to gay Mormons in love and understanding. And now the same DN words a headline in such a way that it reinforces the "deviance" not just of gays but of straight young men who support gay marriage.

If that's reaching out to gays in love and understanding, I think you're going to get a lot of "no sale" responses from the gay community.

The woman on the website who left the lesbian lifestyle and fulfilled the Mormon church's requirements for membership had the grace to say that this was her experience, and others might have different experiences. You might learn a lesson in being unbiased from her testimony.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

I think the term "correlation" (even when used in the phrase "correlation but not causation") is the wrong word.

It implies that many (most? all?) of the straight young men who support gay marriage are *also* into pornography--it's just there's no cause-and-effect going on between the two.

Has anyone taken a scientific poll of the straight young men who support gay marrige, to see what percentage of them are in fact also into pornography?

Until someone does, we can't make the assumption that they are, even if there's no "causation" going on.

VocalLocal
Salt Lake, UT

That someone even decided to do this 'research' says a lot. Maybe I should use the following criteria for doing 'research':
Find a behavior that those who agree with me find morally objectionable and see how many people who disagree with me on an unrelated issue engage in that behavior in order to discredit their ideas.

Mike H.
San Jose, CA

I question this study, since Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has admitted to e big into porn, but has not made statements in favor of same sex marriage. To say nothing of the number of GOP delegates, who hit the strip clubs in Tampa FL during the Convention, but have not come out in support of same sex marriage.

To say nothing of the males at my high school who looked at pron, but were outright homophobic.

Mike H.
San Jose, CA

With a little more study, I found that the Witherspoon Institute has a stated purpose of being against same sex marriage. While they have the right to make such studies available, I wonder how partial they are. Is the Deseret News going to publish various findings from tobacco supported groups, that say that smoking is not harmful?

ENDavis
Lehi, UT

I don't think it would be out of the question to call the editors of the DN and demand that they retract this nonsense. This sloppy, irresponsible journalism might lead a reader to believe there is a LINK between poorly researched claims printed in newspapers, and questionable morals of the editors who allowed such articles to be published.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Just when I think the D-news may be a real paper, articles like this are published.

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