“Were Glenn T. Stanton truly concerned for the wellbeing of children he would stop trying to marginalize their parents.”

Glenn T. Stanton

Glenn T. Stanton — a Focus on the Family spokes-bot — writes: New Study Finding Lesbians Are ‘Just As Good’ As Married Biological Parents Is Fake News. Right. Because studies published to the venerable New England Journal of Medicine are usually fake. Particularly: National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study — Mental Health of Adult Offspring.

The findings of this study (which has been ongoing for decades) are that the now grown children of lesbian couples are as mentally fit as children raised by heterosexual parents.

What is almost amusing is Stanton’s inconsistency. About six years ago he liked Mark Regnerus’ highly flawed study of same-sex parenting which didn’t actually evaluate same-sex parents. Yet he wrote, in an undated post at Focus on the Family:

Compared with off-spring from married, intact mother/father homes, children raised in same-sex homes are markedly more likely to…

  • Experience poor educational attainment
  • Report overall lower levels of happiness, mental and physical health.
  • Have impulsive behavior
  • Be in counseling or mental health therapy (2xs)
  • Suffer from depression (by large margins)
  • Have recently thought of suicide (significantly)
  • Identify as bisexual, lesbian or gay
  • Have male on male or female on female sex partners (dramatically higher) […]

I don’t want to relitigate the Regnerus paper. In short his subjects were the children of heterosexual parents where one parent had an extramarital affair with a same-sex paramour. They were not, as Stanton gleefully parroted, “children raised in same-sex homes.” They were the children of dysfunctional parents.

Six years later, with findings that upset Stanton’s fragile psyche, he writes:

Do children living with same-sex adults do just as well as kids raised by their mother and father in all the important measures of healthy child well-being? Because it involves children, it’s a terribly important question. The answer is an unquestioned “Absolutely! No difference whatsoever” if you listen to the LGBT movement’s media partisans. But it is not that simple.

Stanton indulges in argument ad hominem:

Nanette Gartrell [the lead investigator], is a visiting scholar. Gartrell has a long and award-winning history in lesbian-research activism. In 2001, she published “Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism,” a handbook showing how to grow and finance lesbian causes.

Gartrell is also a self-proclaimed polyamorist…

Because Dr. Gartell’s personal life is so important. Gartell is, in fact, an award winning physician. Most of her accolades have nothing to do with LGBT activism.

The study in question does have some issues. The researchers write:

A limitation of our study is that because of the sample size, the effect sizes and statistical power in the post hoc analyses were low. Thus, the results should be interpreted with caution. Furthermore, the study was conducted with a nonrandom sample. These findings need replication in a larger population that includes participants with more diversity with respect to race, ethnic background, education, income, gender identity, and sexual orientation, with parents in more diverse sexual minorities (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). In addition, such a study would ideally be conducted in a longitudinal population with multiple informants.

While I am an advocate, I believe in disclosure where necessary. I trust my readers to employ the critical thinking necessary to evaluate information. Mr. Stanton seems to think that his readers are idiots. I wonder why.

Were Glenn T. Stanton truly concerned for the wellbeing of children he would stop trying to marginalize their 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.