The most often-quoted study by anti-gay activists, like those in Russia and France, when trying to denigrate gay and lesbian parenting, has now been called to account by a Florida state-court judge.
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC):
In an opinion released today, a Florida state court judge ruled that the University of Central Florida must turn over records related to the publication of a debunked 2012 study conducted by Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents.
Ellen Kahn, of the Human Rights Campaign stated:
“There has always been a dark cloud over the Regnerus study, yet this debunked study is now being touted by anti-LGBT organizations around the country and around the globe. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the public has a right to know how junk science gets published in a scholarly journal.
The American Sociological Association has documented biases, and misleading statements in the study, and called on its publishers early on to retract the document. There have been conflicts of interest with some of those who peer-reviewed the study, and the Witherspoon Institute, an anti-gay backed organisation, is also involved in its funding.
HRC has hailed the ruling by the court:
This ruling is an important step toward exposing the potential anti-LGBT animus behind Regnerus’ research. Since its publication, the study has shown up time and time again in marriage equality and LGBT adoption debates both in the United States and internationally.