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Who is Mark Regnerus’ “Maggie”?

By our guest Scott Rose

Mark Regnerus is the NOM/Witherspoon Institute shill who authored a paper from the so-called New Family Structures Study.

Though Regnerus did not in fact study children of gay parents, he wrote a junk science paper defamatory of gay parents. Regnerus based his shocking, heterosupremacist Supreme Court amicus brief on his discredited study.

Regnerus has been discredited by numerous relevant major professional associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and even his own profession’s American Sociological Association.

In his published paper, Regnerus falsely alleged to have designed and carried out his study with autonomy from his anti-gay-rights funders.

Documentation had through Public Information Act requests to Regnerus’ University of Texas at Austin shows that after Witherspoon Program Director Brad Wilcox recruited Regnerus to oversee the hoax, he collaborated with Regnerus on the deliberately booby-trapped study design.

Not only do the P.I.A. documents show Regnerus and Wilcox communicating with each other, with Regnerus clearly asking Wilcox questions about Witherspoon policies with the understanding that Wilcox was a Witherspoon agent, those documents contain many other disturbing revelations.

For example, in August, 2011 — before data collection was done for the study — Regnerus and Wilcox met with Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton for a full day to discuss media and public relations promotions of the study. Regnerus reported back to Witherspoon Institute President Luis Tellez — who is a NOM board member, and a regional representative of the Catholic Church’s secretive Opus Dei organization — about the meeting with Stanton.

In an e-mail exchange between Regnerus and Wilcox from September 21, 2010, Regnerus wrote the following to Wilcox:

“I would like, at some point, to get more feedback from Luis and Maggie about the “boundaries” around this project, not just costs but also their optimal timelines (for the coalition meeting, the data collection, et cetera) and their hopes for what emerges from this project, including the early report we discussed in DC. Feel free to forward this to them.”

Both Regnerus and all of the National Organization for Marriage authorities alleged that NOM was not involved with Regnerus’ hoax; yet the P.I.A. documents show conclusively that Witherspoon President Tellez was including NOM founder Robert George in the efforts to get the study funded.

NOM’s Maggie Gallagher, for her part, is actively promoting the Regnerus paper as a weapon against gay people, in the process telling many documented lies about Regnerus and his research. NOM’s Brian Brown, too, uses the Regnerus paper as an anti-gay weapon while lying about Regnerus and his research.

Moreover, NOM makes extensive use of the Regnerus paper as an anti-gay weapon at student conferences it sponsors.

Regnerus and one of his university’s spokesmen — David Ochsner — as well as Witherspoon’s Tellez, Brad Wilcox and Maggie Gallagher were all asked via e-mails if they could kindly furnish us with the family name of the “Maggie” to whom Regnerus referred in his e-mail to Wilcox.

As of publication time, we had not received the courtesy of a response from any of them.

[Here is part of the email exchange between Wilcox and Regnerus]





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6 Responses to Who is Mark Regnerus’ “Maggie”?

  1. Pingback: Focus On The Family: Children deserve ‘biological families’ from ‘natural marriage’ - Syndicated News Services

  2. Herald

    June 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    For an interesting look at Regnerus’ study watch these videos of sociologist Darren Sherkat’s Lecture at Fresno State University California. He was selected to do an audit of the study – very interesting!

    Social Science – The Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Part 1) – Darren Sherkat

    Social Science – The Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Part 2) – Darren Sherkat

    Social Science – The Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Part 3) – Darren Sherkat

    Social Science – The Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Part 4) – Darren Sherkat

  3. sampaio

    June 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    And what about the study itself? I only see attack ad hominem here ….

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      June 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      There are numerous locations on this site and others completely destroying the Regnerus story. This is about the attempt to deceive people with a bogus study. Even the American Sociological Association has issued papers ripping Regnerus’ study to shreds.

    • Scott Rose

      June 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      When one has documentation that those involved with a study have been lying about the study to the public, documenting and exposing their lies hardly constitutes ad hominem attack.

    • Sallie Planty

      June 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

      My question is: Why has this bogus “evidence” been accepted? And what are we going to do about it?
      It appears that no reasonable voice need apply. We know that it’s false and actually pretty crazy, but what recourse do sane individuals with sensible arguments go? I’m not gay, but if I were would my thoughts matter less?
      At what point do we get off this bus to nowhere?