Alexei Zhuravlev is the deputy of the Russian Duma, and a great believer and supporter of the Regnerus Hoax. Zhuravlev is behind the recently introduced bill in the Duma to take away the children of lesbians and gays claiming that children would be better off in orphanages than in the homes of LGBT people.
He recently said that, if a woman with a child was found to be lesbian, “Of course she should definitely be deprived of her rights to the child. Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this.”
Zhuravlev basically backs this up with the Regnerus Hoax. He also used it as part of the rationale to ban so-called “gay propaganda”.
The Regnerus Hoax has been used in the United States to attempt to justify the Defense of Marriage Act and to try and push anti-gay laws. The “study” was created largely from hearsay by Mark Regnerus at the behest of the Rutherford Institute, a subsidiary of the National Organization for Marriage.
NOM has used the Regnerus Hoax to try and justify their anti-gay stances. For this part, Regnerus collected data that he said was from children raised by lesbians and gays when, in reality, they were often raised in families where one of the parents might have been lesbian or gay.
Regnerus claimed that the study showed that children raised by same-sex couples were harmed when, in reality, it showed nothing of the sort. The study was not peer reviewed, though it was claimed to have been peer reviewed by Brian Wilcox.
Two decades ago, Mercedes Lackey wrote a story about a man who made a deal with the Devil to become the greatest televangelist in the world at the time. When the Devil came to collect, the man said that he had preyed for forgiveness for the sins he had done, but the Devil revealed that he was still culpable for the sins he caused others to do in God’s name. Perhaps Mark Regnerus, Brian Brown, Brian Wilcox and Maggie Gallagher will keep this story in mind.