Professor in Gay-Marriage Trial Stung By Criticism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A social scientist says he

The gay marriage issue in Texas is far from over.

"Like all faculty, Dr. Regnerus has the right to pursue his areas of research and express his point of view.  However, Dr. Regnerus’ opinions are his own. They do not reflect the views of the Sociology Department of The University of Texas at Austin.  Nor do they reflect the views of the American Sociological Association, which takes the position that the conclusions he draws from his study of gay parenting are fundamentally flawed on conceptual and methodological grounds and that findings from Dr. Regnerus’ work have been cited inappropriately in efforts to diminish the civil rights and legitimacy of LBGTQ partners and their families.  We encourage society as a whole to evaluate his claims."
 

Sociology Dept. - University of Texas

DETROIT (AP) -- A social scientist says he's disappointed that colleagues at the University of Texas are criticizing him while he testifies in a trial about Michigan's gay-marriage ban.

The university's Sociology Department says on its website that Mark Regnerus' opinions don't reflect the views of the department.

Regnerus says the statement is "sad" and "regrettable."

He's testifying Tuesday for the state of Michigan, which is defending a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as
between a man and a woman. Two women are asking a judge to throw out the gay-marriage ban.

Regnerus' 2012 study found young adults had problems years later if their mom or dad had a same-sex relationship when they were kids. He says the best scenario for children is a home led by a married man and woman.


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