Opus Dei (through Witherspoon Institute) has very close ties to National Organization for Marriage. Witherspoon funded much of the Regnerus “study.” To make matters worse, Witherspoon’s Program Director, Brad Wilcox, was responsible for
recruiting Regnerus. Wilcox was also responsible for getting him a planning grant of $55,000. Then Wilcox collaborated with Regnerus on the study design which ensured the desired result. Thereafter, Witherspoon approved funding for the full study which reached close to $800,000.
Today, Christopher Plante made this claim (without citing the study by name) in an email to supporters:
Recently, a landmark study showed that children raised in a household where at least one parent engaged in a homosexual relationship fared worse on 25 out of 40 measured outcomes, and did better on virtually none. You can see the study for yourself at www.familystructurestudies.com.
- Only 0.07% of the study subjects were children raised by gay couples. 99.93% of subjects were individuals (raised in traditional households) who claim that one parent cheated on their husband or wife with a same-sex partner. This philandering occurred at various stages of child development.
- That website, www.familystructurestudies.com, is a project of Opus Dei’s Witherspoon Institute.
- Simply stated, in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education, Darren E. Sherkat, a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University, called the study “bullshit.”