Almost unbelievably, on September 16, 2013, the editors of The Atlantic Wire published a post in which both they and Mark Regnerus refer to Regnerus’s paper from the so-called “New Family Structures Study” as being about “gay parenting.”
The Atlantic editors should not have permitted Regnerus to claim he studied gay parenting, and still less should they have endorsed the fraudulent notion that he did. Ostensibly, Regnerus’s Atlantic Wire post was about a Russian lawmaker misusing Regnerus’s “New Family Structures Study” paper to promote yet another anti-gay-rights law in Russia — one that would forcibly remove all children from gay-headed households — yet in practical effect, the post serves to promote the unjustified notion that Regnerus studied gay parenting.
It would be hard to imagine The Atlantic giving this same irresponsible treatment to an antisemitic researcher who produced Jew-hating junk science but subsequently admitted that he did not know whether any of his study subjects were Jewish. The Atlantic editors evidently still consider that gay human beings are chopped liver, second-class citizens not worthy of the same level of respect as other minority groups.
Previously, Regnerus himself had confessed that his “study” was not about gay parenting. For example, on October 26, 2012, Regnerus told Citizen Link — apropos of his survey respondents’ parents — “in fact, I don’t know about their sexual orientation.”
If anything remotely resembling intelligent reporting and publishing is taking place, one should not have to correct an error involving the fact that if a researcher — by his *own* admission – does not know about his survey respondents’ parents’ sexual orientation, that researcher can not possibly have done a study on gay parenting.
To appearances, The Atlantic has never used any of its publishing venues to report on the documented ethics violations involved in the carrying out and publication of Regnerus’s study and paper.
Yet, The Atlantic has lent its prestigious name to the false notion that Regnerus did a “gay parenting” study.
That is sloppy, irresponsible publishing, abetting a religious anti-gay bigot to spread disinformation around the world on the internet about his anti-gay junk science.
As of publication time, The Atlantic editors had not responded to our requests for an explanation of why they endorse Regnerus as having done a gay parenting study, though he did no such thing.