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University Of Texas Will No Longer Investigate Mark Regnerus's Gay Parent Study

RegnerusMark Regnerus, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, found fame earlier this summer by publishing a study on what he called "new family structures."

In that study, Regnerus claimed children raised by same-sex couples were more depressed, more likely to cheat on a partner and smoked more pot than kids raised in a so-called "traditional household".

According to most people with level heads and an understanding of scientific process, Regnerus' work amouned to little more than junk science, and garnered Regnerus scores of criticism and the launch of an official investigation by the university into his methodology. Now the university is calling the whole thing off, saying there is not enough evidence of bias or misdirection to require further inquiry.

From the school's official announcement:

After consulting with a four-member advisory panel composed of senior university faculty members, the Office of the Vice President for Research concluded in a report on Aug. 24 that there is insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation.
As part of the inquiry, the university hired Dr. Alan Price to ensure that the inquiry was conducted appropriately and fairly. Price, a private consultant, is former associate director of the Office of Research Integrity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Price found that the inquiry was handled in a manner consistent with university policy and indicated the process was “also consistent with federal regulatory requirements of inquiries into research misconduct.”
As with much university research, Regnerus’ New Family Structures Study touches on a controversial and highly personal issue that is currently being debated by society at large. The university expects the scholarly community will continue to evaluate and report on the findings of the Regnerus article and supports such discussion.

Sounds like they're basically supporting his entire thesis: gays make lousy parents.

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  1. Impotence is good for homos.

    Posted by: snowisfun | Aug 30, 2012 12:15:29 PM

  2. Neuter the homos.

    Posted by: snowisfun | Aug 30, 2012 12:16:17 PM

  3. Hmm University of Texas, fostered by a conservative institution, with great conservative funding, under the umbrella of a conservative driven study, ALSO funded by conservatives, reaches this conclusion.

    I agree. It's important to call this sham piece of 'work' for what it is. Comic relief.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Aug 30, 2012 12:26:53 PM

  4. This guy and his camp is just another Jesus c-nt sucking bag of fools. Soon when they all age and die they'll realize their lil jeebus is nowhere to be seen.

    Posted by: CR | Aug 30, 2012 12:28:15 PM

  5. Mr. Regnerus, like many scientists that are looking for a particular answer, skew their analysis toward those answers that they want to see. If he had found irrefutable evidence against his desired results, we would have never heard about it or from him.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Aug 30, 2012 1:13:41 PM

  6. What they're saying is, "Plenty of scholars are shooting this thing down. We'll let them take care of it."

    Posted by: John Conolley | Aug 30, 2012 1:45:57 PM

  7. V-8: Are you really doubting the parenting skills of gay people just because they are gay? Because that is the underlying purpose of the Regnerus bogus report.

    Posted by: Clematys | Aug 30, 2012 8:32:29 PM

  8. The UT decision does not exonerate Regnus at all, and he remains tainted merchandise. I guess he's thanking his lucky stars that he has tenure, and unless UT eliminates the entire sociology department, he's guaranteed a job for life... teaching sociology 101.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 30, 2012 10:42:03 PM

  9. First of all, who here knows all the parameters that were used for this study? To claim that this did not compare heterosexual parents is basically lying for your ideological bias.

    @ V-8 = 2nd, "good parenting" shows up in the end result of the children, their behavior, success in society and self as a whole, so YES, parenting can be defined and quantified as good or bad on an overall scale. WTH are you talking about with "prescribed notion". Your comment makes no sense. The study is not looking at the parents but rather the end result of their children.

    @ David H = it isn't homophobic to have a study of this cultural group - just like we have had studies of every aspect of society - this is just another aspect being studied. Why is looking into this anymore homophobic than it would be racist to looking into the results of inner city children to define good and bad aspects of what makes them they way they are. You liberals are way too damn sensitive about the facts of life. Get over your stupid ass PC BS.

    None of these supposed flaws are unusual in social scientific research which has also been conducted by the massive outnumbered scale of liberal academic researchers and you don't seem to have issue with them -do you? i.e.: Global Warming - even when proven in black and white - liberal hands holding the gun LYING that went on with that "mythical" so called conclusion - and that was treated as a well known fact when it wasn't that at all. Indeed this study is considered more rigorous and non-biased in design than most smaller & less rigrous studies purported to support same-sex parenting.

    I can tell you just from personal experience in seeing adults now that were raised by same sex parents that the odds on not in the favor in support of homosexual parenting being good. Personally, I don't need a study to tell me this is absolutely wrong and with a high level of negative results to the children. Seriously, only stupid, stick your head in the sand and never look at day light liberals will refuse to see the natural truth of the matter.

    Posted by: Mitchina | Sep 2, 2012 3:41:22 PM

  10. I am beginning to understand why so many "scientific" observers think that life began when a spaceship carrying human DNA from another planet crash landed on earth. (The fact that nobody seems to ponder who, what, or how the DNA itself came to be seems immaterial to them.) It's the same confusion that people exhibit when they contend that same sex marriage is "normal." Oh, where did reason take leave - must have been the university!

    Posted by: MR Canon | Sep 3, 2012 3:57:30 PM

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