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Mark Regnerus

Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of a controversial 2012 study concerning LGBT parenting called “New Family Structures Study” (NFSS), and funded by the Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank in Princeton, N.J., that was founded on religious principles and is opposed to same-sex marriage.

The study was later declared to be flawed in an audit conducted by the publisher of the study, Social Science Research, and was criticized by major professional scientific institutions and associations as well as other sociologists at the University of Texas. The American Sociological Association formally condemned the NFSS for being invalid in a brief to the United States Supreme Court. The University of Texas conducted an inquiry into the publication and declined to conduct a personal investigation stating that ordinary errors are not considered personal misconduct. Documents from the University of Texas at Austin show that Regnerus was provided with talking points by the Institute, and that there was direct involvement in the study by the Witherspoon Institute. The methodology of the study has received widespread criticism, but is frequently cited by anti-gay extremists.

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Michigan paid $40K for ‘expert’ testimony in same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 24, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- The state of Michigan says it has spent $40,000 on witnesses who testified as experts at a recent trial on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Professor testifies in Mich. marriage trial that children fare better with straight parents

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
David Coates, APProtestors demonstrate outside Federal Courthouse before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Detroit.
DETROIT -- An economist testified Tuesday that children raised by heterosexual parents had a much greater chance of making normal progress through school than those living with same-sex couples, putting his own spin on census data that was crunched differently by another expert at Michigan's gay-marriage trial. [...]

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Author of discredited gay parenting study stung by criticism during Mich. trial

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan's gay marriage ban tried to peck away Tuesday at the credibility of a social scientist whose disputed 2012 study questioned the well-being of children who grew up in a home where a parent had a same-sex relationship. [...]

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Author of flawed gay parenting study testifies in Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 3, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT — The author of a controversial study of adult children often cited by opponents of same-sex marriage defended his work in court Monday but also said it's too early for social scientists to make far-reaching conclusions about families headed by same-sex couples. [...]

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Marriage ban on trial in Mich. this week, defendants to argue gay parents inferior

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit. [...]

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Mark Regnerus
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. [...]

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Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mark Regnerus
For the anti-gay movement, call it the gift that keeps on giving. The thoroughly discredited study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus that was released July 2012 has turned up yet again, this time in the initial brief filed on behalf of the state of Utah in its [...]

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Judge orders disclosure of documents relating to flawed gay parenting study

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Mark Regnerus
A Florida state court judge on Tuesday ordered the University of Central Florida to turn over records related to the publication of a debunked 2012 study conducted by Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents. [...]

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Globalizing Homophobia: A new life for discredited research

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Mark Regnerus
When Russian lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov introduced a bill that would allow the state to remove children from openly gay parents – classifying homosexuality along with drug abuse and child abuse as offenses that merit the loss of custody – gay rights activists noticed something interesting in the text of the [...]

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New studies: It’s not about gay parents, it’s whether a family is happy

Monday, July 15, 2013
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My family, more by happenstance than by design, falls into the characteristics described in studies for healthy families. My sons were planned for years before they arrived. They have never been cared for by a parent who was disgruntled about the role in which he had to undertake and who [...]

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