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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Mark Regnerus

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

Monday, March 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Author of discredited gay parenting study stung by criticism during Mich. trial

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Author of flawed gay parenting study testifies in Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 3, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage ban on trial in Mich. this week, defendants to argue gay parents inferior

Sunday, February 23, 2014
DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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 fight against marriage equality. The brief suggests that children will somehow be endangered by marriage equality, and the Regnerus study is supposed to lend credence to the false claim that children raised in same-sex households fare worse in many ways than in households with opposite-sex couples... [ Read more → ]
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Judge orders disclosure of documents relating to flawed gay parenting study

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Globalizing Homophobia: A new life for discredited research

Saturday, October 5, 2013
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 bill... [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, July 15, 2013
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 resented the duties he was called upon to perform. Our home has always been vibrant and vital. Depression is not a factor. We did not need a study to tell us to be this way. None of the LGBT familes I know, and that number ranges in the dozens, have had to be told to be affirming... [ Read more → ]

Suspect ‘Science’ – Examining Regnerus’ controversial study of LGBT parents

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
An appointed scholarly reviewer says a controversial study of LGBT families by sociology professor Mark Regnerus was deeply flawed and that Regnerus has been “disgraced” as a result. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Flawed parenting study was to influence Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

Monday, March 11, 2013
The backers of a flawed, but widely cited academic study critical of gay relationships and their impact on children of gay parents, choreographed its release in time to influence “major decisions of the Supreme Court,” according to documents obtained by The American Independent. [ Read more → ]
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University of Texas panel: No scientific misconduct in anti-gay parenting study

Saturday, September 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- A University of Texas advisory panel consisting of four senior faculty members has concluded that the author of an anti-gay parenting study had not published nor committed falsification of data, plagiarism or other ethical breaches constituting scientific misconduct. [ Read more → ]
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Gay parenting: After the Regnerus debacle, where are the apologies?

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Now that an internal audit at Social Science Research has confirmed that the Mark Regnerus “gay parenting” study was indeed so badly flawed it never should have survived peer review, it’s safe to say that we can move past examining the specifics of how it went wrong, and start looking at the deeper question of why so many in the media and the right wing readily accepted its conclusions with little critical scrutiny while dismissing the valid concerns raised by others. [ Read more → ]

University of Texas investigates associate professor’s study on children with gay parents

Friday, July 13, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas-Austin announced it is investigating a gay parenting study published last month that touched off a firestorm of criticism by LGBT advocacy groups, and a formal complaint by New York-based freelance writer Scott Rosensweig. [ Read more → ]

The Catholic Church has no place attacking same-sex parenting

Monday, July 9, 2012
With all due respect because I am not attempting to disrespect anyone of the Catholic faith, if we compared the two entities, just who has less credibility when it the harming of children: An entity pushing a bad study while it’s not covering up the activities of priests exploiting children as sex objects, - or - same-sex couples, many who open their homes to children who need love and support? [ Read more → ]
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University of Texas professor defends controversial gay parenting study

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- A University of Texas associate professor of sociology is defending a study he led that made several claims of negative outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents. [ Read more → ]
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Gay parents study: Dollarship disguised as scholarship

Friday, June 15, 2012
There are two things we know about the religious right: They have no faith in science, and they cynically distort science to justify their faith. The latest example is a new study by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus (pictured), “How Different are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships?” [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups decry study that suggests negative outcomes for kids of gay parents

Monday, June 11, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Leading LGBT advocacy organizations on Monday widely criticized a study released by right-wing conservative author Mark Regnerus of the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, that made several claims of negative outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents. [ Read more → ]
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