The anti-gay hate group Ruth Institute, which isn’t much more than Jennifer Roback Morse, has published a new pamphlet titled “Same-Sex Parenting.” I am not at all sure what the point is. Is she trying to stop gay couples from adopting children? Does she seriously contend that kids are better off in the system than in the care of a gay couple? Morse is a whacked out ultra-conservative Catholic so anything is possible.

As you can see, each page says “Do Not Copy.” Yeah. Sure. Just to give you a sample:

“I just didn’t have a dad there… I filled
that gap sexually. From the age of 13 on,
I was extremely promiscuous with a lot
of older men.”
Bobby L., Puerto Rican-
Philippine-American man raised by his
mother and her female partner

That of course is the infamous Robert Oscar Lopez. Everyone knows that it is Robert Oscar Lopez. So what’s with the “Bobby L.” nonsense?

Then there is this bit of outright dishonesty:

Compared to children raised by their own biological parents,
married to each other, children whose parents had a same
sex relationship are at elevated risks for the following:

  • Women: larger number of female sex partners
  • Serious emotional problems
  • Pleading guilty to a non-minor offense
  • Learning disabilities
  • Having an affair while married or cohabiting
  • Family of origin provided less safety and security
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Identifying as something other than exclusively heterosexual
  • Forced to have sex against their will
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Currently unemployed
  • Receiving welfare as a child
  • Not finishing high school
  • Being arrested
  • Being depressed
  • Repeating a grade of school

All that? This looks like a combination of two academic hacks; Mark Regnerus and Douglas Allen.

Regnerus is a Catholic prostitute whose study, funded by Opus Dei led Witherspoon Institute, has been thoroughly discredited. His study of parents who cheated with same-sex paramours has nothing to do with gay couples. Regnerus studied dysfunctional families to produce a certain result in advance of the Supreme Court deliberations in United States v. Windsor.

Allen, like Morse, is an economist. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Allen does meta studies – studies of studies – which can demonstrate just about anything. He gets them published in third-rate journals. Allen sometimes collaborates with Catherine Pakaluk, an assistant professor of economics at Ave Maria University. All of this junk science has a simple goal which is to conform social science to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is not social science. It is theology.

The simple fact is that mainstream science finds no difference between children raised by heterosexual couples and same-sex couples. For example:

On the basis of a remarkably consistent body of research on lesbian and gay parents and their children, the American Psychological Association (APA) and other health professional and scientific organizations have concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation. That is, lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children. This body of research has shown that the adjustment, development and psychological well-being of children are unrelated to parental sexual orientation and that the children of lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those of heterosexual parents to flourish.

I get back to my original thought. What is the point of all of this post Obergefell? What does Morse hope to achieve? It looks like busy-work to me.

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.