While the National Organization for Marriage has been trumpeting a recent study which claims that gay households are inferior to heterosexual households when it comes to the raising of children, recent information has revealed that NOM has not been forthcoming as to how deep the ties the study has to one of the organization’s founders.
According to Wayne Besen of the group Truth Wins Out, the head of the study – University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus, received a $695,000 grant from the Witherspoon Institute and a $90,000 grant from the Bradley Foundation.
Both of the Bradley Foundation and the Witherspoon Foundation are affiliated with Princeton professor Robert George. At the Witherspoon Foundation, he is a Herbert W. Vaughan Senior Fellow and at the Bradley Foundation, he is on the Board of Directors.
Robert George is also a founder and chairman emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage.
It gets even more interesting.
Probably the first publication to trumpet the results of the study was Utah’s Deseret News. Robert George just happens to be a member of that publication’s board. He joined in 2010.
Interestingly enough, while the National Organization for Marriage ran several posts praising the study, no one from the organization even bothered to mention its ties to George. One would think that for the sake of disclosure, NOM could have mention that its founder and chairman emeritus had a huge hand in not only the study’s funding, but possibly also its publicity.
Regnerus’s study has received much criticism for its faulty methodology, but it appears that questions also need to be asked as to its ties with NOM because this collusion is not without precedent.
Last year, during its unsuccessful fight to keep marriage equality from New York, NOM members held a press conference claiming that “objective legal scholars” said that marriage equality will negatively impact the rights of people who disagree with it.
Come to find out, however, that all of those “objective legal scholars” had ties with NOM, including . . . Robert George.
NOM, George, and even Regnerus have a lot to answer for. The only thing is will they be asked the right questions?