As they state in their brief, “[T]he American Sociological Association (“ASA”) is
the national professional and scholarly association of
sociologists in the United
States. Founded in 1905, the
ASA has more than 14,000 members, including most
sociologists holding doctoral degrees from accredited
universities. The ASA publishes nine leading peer-
reviewed journals. The ASA is committed to and bound
by the highest standards of research methodology and
objectivity and is dedicated to advancing sociology as a
scientific discipline and profession that serves the
public good.”

One of the things that they do in this brief is to thoroughly dismantle, point by point, arguments made through Regnerus and other studies. This is a scientific presentation that is written for lay people. In that respect, it succeeds.

The brief concludes:

“The social science consensus is both conclusive and
clear: children fare just as
well when they are raised by
same-sex parents as when they are raised by opposite-
sex parents. This consensus holds true across a wide
range of child outcome indicators and is supported by
numerous nationally representative studies.
Accordingly, assuming that either DOMA or
Proposition 8 has any effect on whether children are
raised by opposite-sex or same-sex parents, there is no
basis to prefer opposite-sex parents over same-sex
parents and neither DOMA nor Proposition 8 is
justified. The research supports the conclusion that
extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples has
the potential to improve child
well being insofar as the
institution of marriage may provide social and legal
support to families and enhances family stability, key
drivers of positive child outcomes. The Regnerus study
and other studies relied on by BLAG, the Proposition 8
Proponents, and their
amici
provide no basis for their
arguments, because they do not directly examine the
wellbeing of children raised by same-sex parents.”

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.