TODAY IT BEGINS: The US Supreme Court starts considering oral arguments on whether the 52 States are required to normalise homosexual 'marriage' in law. Many expert submissions have been lodged, and we highlight one as a valuable summary of the "social science" on the effects of same-sex parenting on children.
As the amicus curiae brief concludes:
The longer social scientists study the question, the more evidence of harm is found, and the fact that children with same-sex parents suffer significant harm in that condition, compared to children with opposite-sex parents, particularly among same-sex parents who identify as married, has been established beyond reasonable doubt.
At AMF we always look with puzzlement on people who demand to be shown "the empirical evidence" that a child should have, where possible, both a mother and a father. Why, we ask, would anybody need 'evidence' of something so obvious? How is it that they cannot know, in their own bones and from their own experience, that some fundamentals of human life are self-evidently good and true? We think that, if a person does not already see as self-evident that a growing baby should have, wherever possible, her primal relationship with the man and woman who together gave her life, then there is nothing we or anybody can do to heal their blindness.
Still, for those who demand 'data', who seem unwilling or unable to hold to any heartfelt conviction without the reassurance of "science" - even that knockabout poor relation of the hard sciences known as "social science" - here is the review you have asked for.
And for those who prefer summaries to reading the whole presentation (and it is a great read - see HERE), this is the overview given to the Supreme Court of the USA by these scholars:
The alleged consensus that children suffer no disadvantage with same-sex parents is a product, not of objective scientific inquiry, but of intense politicization of research agendas in social science associations. (Page 3)
Pervasive methodological flaws undermine the alleged “consensus finding” that children of same-sex parents fare just as well as children of opposite-sex parents. (Page 10)
Of the dozens of studies cited in support of the consensus, only eight meet scientific standards for population inference. (Page 14)
Of the eight genuine studies, four—the most recent—find that children with same-sex parents suffer substantially reduced well-being. (Page 15)
The four earlier studies reporting “no difference” findings are invalid due to corrupted samples. (Page 28)
- In Rosenfeld’s 2010 study, at least forty percent of couples classified “same-sex” are mistakenly coded opposite-sex couples. (Page 28)
- In Wainright’s three add health studies, 27 of the 44 same-sex couples are actually opposite-sex couples. (Page 29)
- Re-analysis of the Wainright studies data, after correcting the sample flaws, reveals that the adolescents with married same-sex parents fare worse than those with unmarried same-sex parents. (Page 32)