The American Sociological Association or ASA has also filed an amicus brief calling for the end of marriage inequality and debunking many of the fraudulent claims made by the House Republican’s lawyer Paul Clement along with the various anti-gay groups which have been pushing to keep marriage inequality going.
The ASA makes it clear that “there is no evidence that children with parents in stable same-sex or opposite-sex relationships differ in terms of well-being.”
The ASA does what many people have done over the last decade and show that the studies cited by marriage inequality supporters are ones that are not applicable to this debate. Groups like the National Organization for Marriage often attempt to undermine marriage equality by comparing two parent households to single parent households, and try to claim that the single parent households are representative of same-sex parental households.
The ASA even makes note in their brief of the number of researchers who have objected to having their studies misused and misrepresented by groups like NOM.
The ASA is apparently even harsher on the study by Mark Regnerus. While NOM and others not only paid for the study and continue to use it, even Regnerus has admitted that he captured nothing really valid about same-sex couples and how they parent. ThinkProgress notes that the ASA debunks that study harshly by pointing out that:
Regnerus did not study children born or adopted into same-sex parent families, only those who seem to recollect one of their parents ever having a same-sex relationship.
Regnerus compared that group, most of which had experienced family dissolution, only to stable, married, opposite-sex families — i.e. he compared unstable to intact.
Regnerus ignored whether the children lived with or were raised by the parents who had a same-sex relationship.
Regnerus only identified these “gay” parents based on the recollection of the children, not based on how the parents actually identify or live their lives.
Most of the factors Regnerus analyzes were adult outcomes, not childhood outcomes, and could very well have had nothing to do with the relationships of the children’s parents.
Studies have shown that children in mixed-orientation families where one parent is gay and one is straight can be harmed, and some of the data that Regnerus found actually backed that up; however, none of the data he had actually amounted to anything other than selling his soul for thirty pieces of silver and tarnishing his academic credentials.
The ASA concludes by saying that “The social science consensus is both conclusive and clear: children fare just as well when they are raised by same-sex parents as when they are raised by opposite-sex parents.”