Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
Michigan

Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit seek to exclude ‘expert’ witness Mark Regnerus

Thursday, February 6, 2014

DETROIT — Plaintiffs in a federal court challenge of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed a brief seeking to ban the author of a discredited study on gay parenting from testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the state.

In their motion, the plaintiffs’ attorneys say University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’ 2012 study was based on “flawed methodology,” was rejected by hundreds of scholars as well as the American Sociological Association, and that he is not qualified to testify on the issues in the case.

From the brief:

Mark Regnerus, Defendants’ purported expert, fails to meet the minimum requirements imposed by the Federal Rules of Evidence. His flawed methodology and generic conclusions, untethered to any of the specific factual issues in this case, render his opinion unreliable and irrelevant [...]

In addition to being relevant, an expert’s testimony must also be reliable. Reliability of an expert’s conclusions is based on the expert’s knowledge or experience in his or her discipline, rather than on subjective belief or unsupported speculation.

On its face, Regnerus’s expected testimony fails to address defendants’ three other asserted justifications for the Michigan Marriage Amendment because he does not discuss (1) the effects of redefining marriage, (2) the tradition or morality of marriage, or (3) transitioning “naturally procreative relationships into stable unions.”

Since its publication, the Regnerus study has been cited by anti-gay rights activists in marriage equality and LGBT adoption debates both in the United States and internationally.

The University of Central Florida, which houses the publication that originally published Regnerus’ report, is currently engaged in a legal battle to block the release of over 50,000 documents related to the flawed study.

The lawsuit challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is scheduled for trial on Feb. 25.

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , , , ,

Filed under: Michigan

16 more reader comments:

  1. what a load of shit. Discredited research has NO place in any publication, does NOT make the author an expert on anything, other than bad research that is rejected due to its … badness.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:28am
  2. Hopeful here in Michigan. Married in New York but not recognized here.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:29am
  3. Ew. How can this loser even show his face?

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:37am
  4. Why would the State even use a charlatan discredited by his own field? It just shows they shouldn’t even be defending the disgusting non-equality stance.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:44am
  5. That guy was in the news months ago and discredited by many in the same field of study…. He either needs an exorcism or “prance out of the closet”….

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:50am
  6. Good! Get him and all the other ablows out of all legal proceedings and stripped of their public credibility.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:02am
  7. hahaha..well he soooore looks like he needs it y’all…lol http://youtu.be/AxaBAI1UXyM

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:31am
  8. THIS EXORCISM BROUGHT TO YOU VIA Skype ..haha

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:32am
  9. A hate mongering lying BASTARD is just that….A HATE MONGERING LYING BASTARD!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:49am
  10. Then our side sould seek to exclude their lawyers.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:11am
  11. Good!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13am
  12. This man is only an expert at being a lying pile of human refuse.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:34am
  13. Notice the

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:59am
  14. Notice the Standing on the Side of Love banner on the link page!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:00am
  15. THIS GUY IS A NUT JOB AND A SCUM BAG!! He probably is a RAGING CLOSET CASE TOO!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:28am
  16. I don’t care if gay couples are less capable of raising kids than straight couples, I mean I know they aren’t but even if they were, it can’t possibly be worse than being a ward of the state

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:20am