A study conducted by a University of Texas researcher on the parenting skills of same-sex couples has come under fire for its erroneous methodology. The study claimed that adult children of people in same-sex relationships reported having a worse life experience than children raised by opposite-sex parents.
The findings of the study were instantly controversial when it was released last month because it countered the numerous other studies that indicated children experienced no adverse affects from being raised by same-sex parents. An audit by a Southern Illinois University at Carbondale professor found numerous flaws in the way the UT associate professor of sociology conducted his study. The SIU professor indicated that the study should never have been published.
Although homosexuality is now accepted in America and many states are legalizing gay marriage, same-sex couples are still battling discrimination regarding legal issues surrounding kids, particularly in matters of adoption and child custody after the dissolution of a domestic partnership. A report that denigrates the parenting skills of same-sex couples could negatively impact their rights by further prejudicing the public against them.
This, in turn, could slow down the adoption of gay-friendly laws that would make it easier for gay couples to adopt children and for non-biological parents to gain visitation rights to their children. To protect his or her rights, a same-sex partner often needs to hire an attorney who has litigated numerous family law cases involving a legal dispute over child custody issues.
As for the controversial study, the University of Texas is determining whether it should conduct a scientific misconduct investigation, especially since three of the study’s peer reviewers openly opposed gay marriage. A review of the UT associate professor’s work began on June 25 and will take approximately 60 days. It is unknown at this time what, if any, consequences the researcher will face if he is found guilty of scientific misconduct.
<strong<Source:</strong< statesman.com, “UT researcher’s study on children of gay parents should not have been published, audit says,” Terra Merrigan, July 27, 2012