An Indiana University Sociology professor has just released a study contradicting previous claims that lesbians and gay men make bad parents. Professor Brian Powell partnered with the sociology department at the University of Connecticut to reanalyze the claims that children of same-sex parents have negative social, emotional and relational outcomes. The original study is known as the Regnerous Papers. It was conducted at the University of Texas in 2012. And, according to Powell, that study misrepresented its subjects and skewed results to favor heterosexual parents.
Professor Mark Regnerous of Texas University performed the original study. Powell says Regnerous has since used his findings to influence the legal system. While the original study has been used to try to hinder same-sex couples from becoming parents, Professor Powell says the study’s negative findings against same-sex parents has no footing. Powell says that the original study relied on responses from subjects that were inconsistent and illogical.
One respondent was a man who claimed his father’s gay lover was seven feet 8 inches tall, weighed 88 pounds, was married eight times and had eight children. Another claimed to have been arrested as an infant. Other respondents said they never lived with their same-sex parents or only lived with them for a very short time. Powell says responses like those should have never been included in study.