As recently as this past weekend, the schedule for the 2013 annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association — running from September 26 – 29 — referred to Mark Regnerus as a “researcher on children of LGBT parents.”
Complaints sent to conference organizers, however, have resulted in the conference schedule being cleansed of the false claim that Regnerus researches children of LGBT parents.
Regnerus — a religious anti-gay bigot — is notorious as a puppet “researcher” for the Catholic Church-and-NOM-linked Witherspoon Institute.
The Witherspoon anti-gay hit job is formally known as The New Family Structures Study. Before data collection occurred, Regnerus sent a September 21, 2010 e-mail to Witherspoon Program Director Brad Wilcox, telling him that he wanted to know more about Witherspoon President Luis Tellez’s and Maggie Gallagher’s “hopes for what emerges from this project.” Also before data collection occurred, in August of 2011, Wilcox and Regnerus traveled on Witherspoon money, where they met for a full day with Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton to discuss NFSS promotions in anti-gay-rights contexts.
Regnerus has no training or experience in LGBT-sciences, still less in the esoteric topic of gay parenting. He has himself confessed that despite the gay-bashing political uses he makes of his “study,” it isn’t about gay parents’ children.
Although Regnerus is very comfortable in a gay-bashing bigot zone, when the New York Times wanted to interview him about the connection between his anti-gay religious faith and his “science,” all he would tell the interviewer was that it would not be “profitable” for him to discuss the question. Previously, Regnerus had said “I want my students to recognize the connection between my faith and my work.”
Regnerus is scheduled to appear during the conference on Saturday, September 28 as one member of a panel titled “Beyond the Rainbow; Supreme Court, Marriage Equality and Faith.”
Arrangements for the panel have a stormy history. Dr. Stephen Sprinkle of Brite Divinity School — invited without being told that Regnerus would be a co-panelist — canceled as soon as he learned that the gay-bashing fraud would be appearing for the same event. A seminary student previously scheduled to attend now does not appear on the program. The replacement participants are 1) Ross Murray, Director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Faith & Values Initiative, 2) Dr. Sharon Groves, Director of the Religion and Faith Program for the Human Rights Campaign; and 3) the Reverend Karen Thompson, Senior Pastor at the LGBT-affirmative Metropolitan Community Church, Austin.