Family Research Council Relying on an Outdated, Flawed Study to Smear LGBT Couples

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

It’s bizarre how certain things happen.

I was recently looking on the Family Research Council webpage and I found the following study listed as “trending:

Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples

So apparently on the FRC webpage, this study seems to be popular and that’s not necessarily a good thing because it is flawed on so many levels. The headline should give you an indication of one flaw, i.e. the comparison of  homosexual couples to married heterosexual couples.The study ignores the simple fact that lgbts can now marry in 16 states.   
 

Allow me to do a recap. Amongst the errors, Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples contains:

– A citation of the book Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women by Alan Bell and Martin Weinberg as a correct generalization of lgbt sexual habits despite the fact that it was published in 1978 and was not meant by the authors to be a correct assessment of the lgbt community in general.  A passage from Homosexualitiesclearly says:

“. . . given the variety of circumstances which discourage homosexuals from participating in research studies, it is unlikely that any investigator will ever be in a position to say that this or that is true of a given percentage of all homosexuals.”

– A citation of the book The Male Couple: How Relationships Develop by David P. McWhirter and Andrew M. Mattison despite the fact that the book was written 1984 and was not meant to be a correct assessment of the lgbt community in general.  A passage from The Male Couple says:

“We always have been very careful to explain that the very nature of our research sample, its size (156 couples), its narrow geographic location, and the natural selectiveness of the participants prevents the findings from being applicable and generalizable to the entire gay
male community.”

In addition to outdated work, the study also distorts the work of researchers Timothy Biblarz and Judith Stacey to make the case against children being raised in lgbt homes.

Claims regarding the numbers of children being raised in homosexual and lesbian households vary widely and are often unsubstantiated. According to a study on homosexual parenting in the American Sociological Review, researchers have given figures “of uncertain origin, depicting a range of…6 to 14 million children of gay or lesbian parents in the United States.” According to the study’s authors, Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz, the higher estimates are based upon “classifying as a lesbigay [sic] parent anyone who reports that even the idea of homoerotic sex is appealing.” Instead, the authors favor a figure of about one million, which “derives from the narrower…definition of a lesbigay parent as one who self-identifies as such.”

However, FRC and Dailey conveniently fails to mention that Stacey and Biblarz’s study found:

. . . that lesbian and gay parents were as competent as heterosexual parents. The article did note some differences between families with gay and lesbian parents and those with heterosexual parents, but was careful to emphasize that these were differences, not deficits. Many of those opposing parenting rights for lesbian and gay people seized on these differences, using them to assert that gay and lesbian parents were not as effective as heterosexual parents.

Furthermore, during an interview with the organization Soulforce, Stacey complained about the distortion of her work:

Peter LaBarbera Fails to Ruin the Party for Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Signing

There are times when you must admit that you have lost and fade away with a smidgen of dignity.

Apparently no one told this to “Porno” Pete LaBarbera.

Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has just signed the state’s marriage equality bill, thus making Illinois the 16th marriage equality state.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs marriage equality bill

 

Meanwhile at almost the same time, poor LaBarbera is outside of the party looking like the world’s most pathetic wallflower. The poor thing. He just can’t deal with the fact that he now lives in a marriage equality state:

 

Anti-Gay Group NOM Facing Potential Double Legal Trouble

Mark Regnerus
Right now, if I was a member of the National Organization for Marriage, I wouldn’t be in a good mood.

Not only did the organizations lose two marriage equality battles in Hawaii and Illinois, but it is now hit with the following, courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has repeatedly refused to make its 2012 990s publicly available following their November 15 deadline – a direct violation of federal law. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) first made an in-person request for the public financial documents last Friday morning and again today – both times, NOM was unable to produce the documents. Federal law requires organizations to publicly release their 990s the same day an in-person request is made. As a result, HRC has filed a complaint with the IRS in order to compel NOM to abide by the law.

“NOM’s inability to meet one of the most basic accounting standards for any organization makes you wonder what exactly is going on – are they simply demonstrating the same flagrant disregard they have for numerous state campaign finance laws, or is there something in these documents that reflects even more poorly on the organization and their failed work?” said Fred Sainz, HRC Vice President of Communications. “Brian Brown apparently had enough time on Friday to pull together a fundraising email feigning outrage at the marriage equality victory in Hawaii, but didn’t have time to ensure his organization was running in accordance with the law. NOM should do the right thing and immediately release these financial documents that the public has a right to see.”

But hold on because it gets better. Last week, a judge in Central Florida ordered the University of Central Florida to turn over records related to a study on gay parenting. For those who follow this blog, that study should sound familiar. It was created by University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus and was discredited for its bad research techniques. In addition, there were questions as to how much of a part did the National Organization for Marriage and affiliated spokespeople and organizations play in the creation of this supposedly objective study.

On Friday, the attorney of John Becker, the activist who originally sought the documents, filed a contempt of court charge because UCF has YET to turn the documents over:

The UCF Board of Trustees faces the possibility of major sanctions, including fines or jail time, for failing to produce records in one of the public records lawsuits it’s defending. John Becker’s attorney, Andrea Mogensen, filed a motion for contempt against UCF for refusing to comply with court orders telling UCF to produce records relating to a controversial study by Mark Regnerus on gay and lesbian parenting. According to the motion, Becker seeks sanctions, including fines or imprisonment, for UCF’s Board of Trustees for failure to comply with the court’s Nov. 13 order, which stated that UCF had until Nov. 14 to produce the records. But even after UCF’s lawyers asked the court for clarification over the production of the records and received an extension to produce the records, UCF continued to disobey the court’s orders, the motion states.

We have yet to see the last of these two cases and I hope my popcorn is finished cooking before the final act starts.

Anti-Gay Spokesman Spins ENDA Horror Story via Distorted Comments

Matt Barber

Another day, another religious right anti-gay smear.

This one is coming from an old expert in the field of anti-gay propaganda, Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel. He recently authored a piece, ‘Gays’ Admit ENDA Game: Outlaw Christian Morality, which spouts the usual nonsense about gays supposedly wanting to “criminalize Christianity.”

Based upon comments from various lgbt activists which he freely distorts, Barber spins the old religious right horror story that we are out to put folks like him in jail or take away their freedoms.

One of the folks whose words Barber distorts happens to be Chai Feldblum, head of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission:

Chai Feldblum is a lesbian activist and sexual nihilist lawyer who, in the past, has publicly supported legalized polygamy and bisexual polyamory. She is Obama’s recess-appointed commissioner to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As ENDA’s chief framer, Ms. Feldblum would be charged with its primary enforcement. This is the classic fox-guarding-the-hen-house scenario.

In the past, Ms. Feldblum has repeatedly and candidly summed up the mindset behind the bill. She has publicly stated that the battle between religious freedom and unfettered sexual license (aka “gay rights”) is a “zero-sum game,” meaning the two cannot possibly coexist in harmony. It’s a “winner takes all” approach.

When asked about the Christian business owner or religious organization that morally objects to hiring people openly engaged in the homosexual lifestyle, Ms. Feldblum snapped: “Gays win, Christians lose.” And where Americans’ constitutionally guaranteed right to religious liberty comes into conflict with the postmodern concept of homosexual “rights,” Ms. Feldblum has admitted having “a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”

First of all, Feldblum does not support legalized polygamy or “bisexual polyamory.” And I doubt she is a “sexual nihilist,” whatever that is.

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Eugene Delgaudio Only Needs $50,000 to Stop ENDA

Someone get the man a leotard and cape, he’s got superpowers!  Eugene Delgaudio, email scam artist and president of Public Advocate of the United States, “a nonprofit organization that fights the radical agenda of the Homosexual Lobby,” just emailed me with this amazing claim about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

Public Advocate Banner

Dear Laurel,

Tomorrow is Day #5 of Public Advocate’s Emergency Battleground Action Initiative.

So far we’ve raised over $17,000 thanks to an outpouring of support from pro-Family Public Advocate supporters like you.

Unfortunately, we’re almost halfway to our deadline of November 17th and we are falling behind the pace needed to meet our goal.

If we want to reach the $50,000 needed to hold the line against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), I need 14 people in Seattle to chip in $10, $20, or whatever amount possible right now.

Can you be one of those 14 people?

The U.S. Senate passed ENDA last week in a historic bipartisan vote.  The bill now awaits action in the House of Representatives

Mr. Delgaudio doesn’t have a prayer of making a dent in the ENDA debate with $50,000, but he can certainly use it to fatten up his million-dollar annual budget.  Or go Christmas shopping.  After all, Public Advocate of the United States has paid Mr. Delgaudio a total of at least $720,000 in “management” fees for the years 2005 through 2011.

Mr. Delgaudio first came to my attention when he sent this “rainbow blood” image to his email list, which seemed to be advocating lethal violence against LGBT people.

Helping NOM Keep Up With The Times

Since National Organization for Marriage has been writing about integrity recently, I thought I’d help them maintain theirs (!) by once again updating their marriage equality map.

NOM has featured an obsolete version of the map on its Facebook page and main web page since June, neglecting to update it as California, New Jersey, Illinois and now Hawaii have become marriage equality states.

I’ve had to update the map before, and the way that NOM is modeling integrity in the face of ever-increasing support for marriage equality nationwide, chances are that I’ll have to do it again.

Hawaii Becomes 16th Marriage Equality State

Rainbow near Hawaii state Capitol

How many more gay people must God create until we realize He wants them here?Rep. Kaniela Ing (D- Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

The Hawaii state House passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) Friday evening on a vote of 30 to 19 with two excused.

The vote came after 22 years of statewide discussion, after 57 hours of public testimony before the legislature, after over 12 hours of debate on the House floor and with 55% support statewide.

The Hawaii state Senate passed the bill in October on a 20-4 vote, and is expected to approve the House’s amended version of the bill after the mandatory 2-day waiting period.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is eager to sign the bill into law.

Same-sex couples may begin marrying in Hawaii on December 2, 2013.

Hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex couples the marry, and the 5th this year after Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota and Illinois whose legislature and governor acted to ensure the freedom to marry in their state.

‘Christian’ Group Continues to Victimize Transgender Child

In its attempt to defeat a recently passed bill in California which would protect the rights of transgender students, a religious right group, Pacific Justice Institute, helped to spread a story about a Colorado transgender high school student allegedly harassing other female students in the bathroom.

The story was a lie and it was debunked as such, causing several publications to issue retractions or pull their reporting of the story. PJI tried to backtrack,  attempting to claim that it was “merely” highlighting the fact that a transgender student was using the bathroom and putting other students’ privacy at risk. However, PJI continues to target the child, causing her to go on suicide watch.

The organization has just come out with a video showcasing the supposed “victims” of the transgender student’s alleged harassment; a harassment that the organization admitted NEVER HAPPENED. This is goes beyond shameful. The idea that a supposed Christian organization would continue to push a debunked story even though it is specifically harming an innocent child is reprehensible on so many levels:


Hat tip to Gayrva.com and especially The Transadvocate who led the way in debunking this awful lie.

Illinois State House Passes Marriage Equality Bill After Months of Delay


Today the Illinois state House passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 61-54.  The Illinois state Senate passed the bill in February on a vote of 34 to 21.

Gov. Pat Quinn is an enthusiastic supporter of marriage equality, vowing earlier this year that “This year we’re going to pass and make a law called Marriage Equality in Illinois.”

Illinois is now set to become the 15th state (plus the District of Columbia) to treat all loving, committed couples equally under the law.

The Illinois marriage bill failed to pass an earlier vote in the House in May.  In the almost 9 months that have lapsed between the successful Senate vote and and today’s House vote, the legislatures of Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota have passed marriage equality laws, the U. S. Supreme Court reinstated marriage equality in California after striking down Prop 8, and same-sex couples began marrying in New Jersey after a court ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry.

The Hawaii state legislature is also on the cusp of passing a marriage equality bill.  Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) on a vote of 20 to 4.  Today a joint meeting of two House committees is on its fifth day of listening to public testimony on the bill.  Gov. Abercrombie has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.