PolitiJim note: Many conservatives, especially Christians, attempt to argue the gay marriage debate in theological terms which have no credibility or standing with our opponents. It's like a Muslim demanding we submit to Sharia because the Qua-ran dictates it. We don't even engage the argument because we reject the Qua-ran's authority. True, the Declaration reaffirms our rights under the authority of God, but there is no Amendment that declares all Americans abide by the teaching of the Bible. However, since homosexuals only make up 3% of our population and self declared "liberals" make up about 20%, there are many minds that may be appealed to by reason. I know medical doctors who have shown that homosexuality is statistically one of the highest groups for sickness and disease - but because of the gay media mafia, they pulled that part of their study knowing the entire study would never be published. These are facts many who support gay marriage should know to make up their minds with ALL of the facts.
Donna has a great summation of two fact based articles about the statistical risk to children of same sex married couples below. I want to reiterate that an abusive, philandering heterosexual is not healthy for children either. I have had many gay friends over the years and some were kinder and more loving than many of my heterosexual friends. I also hate Christians who have a different measure of condemnation for homosexuality than fornication, unbelief or cheating on your taxes. ALL these things "miss the mark" of a perfect God and it is why Jesus commanded us to "be ye therefore perfect." But it is a historical fact that every society that has embraced homosexuality as "normal" has disintegrated within a few generations. And it is a fact that screaming at people to "obey" God's law only creates more sinners. The Bible says that hearts are changed by the Spirit of God and God's kindness.
I don't why we Americans let the government have authority over the marriage institution which should be under the church. But it is also inevitable once the argument is made for for gay marriage, polygamists will be next in line citing the same deprivation of "love" and happiness as a civil right. After all, if the basis of including same sex couples is not an immutable law of God (or nature) but popular opinion, what is to prohibit an even further degrading of our popular opinion to include other perversions. (Yes, I said perversion.) But we should no more be silent on the truth about gay marriage than the enslavement of women to the degradation of Islam or the historical loss of freedoms under communism.
For busy readers, let me summarize two pieces of research presented in The Washington Timesyesterday.
First piece of research: Mr. Regnerus, a sociology professor in Social Science Research at the University of Texas [certainly not considered to be a conservative university], conducted “gold standard” research in which he used a data set of nearly 3,000 randomly selected American young adults raised by gay parents vs. those raised by mother-father parents. He looked at the young adults’ lives and compared them on 40 measures of social, emotional, and relationship outcomes.
Conclusion: When Regnerus compared young adults reared by mother-father families, the young adults reared by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of 40 categories. Those reared bygay fathers had negative outcomes in 19 categories.
Regnerus concluded from his “gold standard” study, “Children appear most apt to succeed well as adults when they spend their entire childhood with their married mother and father, and especially when the parents remain married to the present day.”
Second piece of research:
The American Psychological Association frequently states, “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.”
However, Loren Marks, an associate professor at the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University, looked at 59 studies that supposedly support the APA’s assertion but found that the studies lacked “high-quality data” and “leaves the most significant questions [about gay parenting] unaddressed and unanswered.”
The APA “studies” relied upon what is called “snowball samples” in which the gay parents chosen to study were recruited in the same places as their gay friends and colleagues instead of using 3,000 randomly chosen samples as did Mr. Regnerus in his UT “gold standard” study.
The APA’s studies also depended upon wealthy, white, well-educated lesbian mothers and did not look at children’s common outcomes such as “their education, employment and risks for poverty, criminality, early childbearing, substance abuse and suicide.”
In other words, Regnerus set up 40 scientifically chosen measures of social, emotional, and relationship outcomes and used these to compare systematically how sets of (1) young adults reared by two lesbian mothers and (2) young adults reared by two gay fathers compared with (3) young adults reared in mother-father homes.
The next time that the APA throws around its false assertions based upon their sloppy research, we can hold up Mr. Regnerus’ “gold standard” research and its conclusion: Children who are reared in a home where the married mother-father remain married for a lifetime tend to experience much more positive outcomes as young adults than those who are reared by gay parents.
To read the entire Washington Times article published on 6.10.12, please go to “Study Suggests Risks from Same-Sex Parenting” by Cheryl Wetzstein --- http://www.washingtontimes.
com/news/2012/jun/10/study- suggests-risks-from-same-sex- parenting/