I thought I would take some time to respond to your three sentence long comment with a blog post. I’m kind of wordy like that. :)
In my blog post on 20 Reasons Obama Does NOT Deserve Your Vote, I cited this as one of my reasons:
"Supporter of Same-Sex Marriage: While some feel this would be an issue to support Obama on, the truth is that legalizing same-sex marriage would be opening the door to basing the most fundamental unit of society – the family - on a standard that insults reason, religious conscience, and ultimately children."
This was your comment on that particular reason in my blog post:
“You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. I want to address one in particular. Gay marriage is actually GOOD for children: http://www.apa.org/about/
First of all, it’s really fun that you came up with your own variation on Romney’s zinger from the presidential debate last week. He WAS rockin’. But, let me tell you something missy/mister – you’re not entitled to call crappy research “fact!”
A nifty article just came out this Summer (July 2012), which debunks the validity of the APA Brief you cited as fact. If you want to read the article in its entirety, (which I recommend you do – I don’t want you to be missing out on ANY good facts!), click and read here.
Let me summarize what the article said with a series of snips from the actual article and some commentary. First off, the article is called:
Same-sex parenting and children’s outcomes: A closer examination of the American psychological association’s brief on lesbian and gay parenting
It is by Loren Marks, and was published in Volume 41, Issue 4 of Social Science Research:
Here are the abstract and the highlights from the article - the fast food summary of the article's contents, if you will:
Basically what it says is that most of the research out there on same-sex couples cited by the APA brief, was not conducted with basic principles of good science, and so therefore the strong assertions the APA made, don't hold. For example, here are some of the problems with the studies and claims made in the APA brief:
- Most all of the groups studied were too similar (white, women, highly-educated, middle-upper class) - so they cannot be applied to a broader and more diverse population, like the brief tries to do.
- 26 of the 59 studies didn't even have a comparison group. (Yikes!) Of the 33 remaining studies, 13 used single parent homes as the comparison group, and the other 20 didn't make clear what the status of the heterosexual families' situations were: divorced, remarried, co-habitating, nuclear family, single-parent? (It has been well-documented that children from single-parent homes, and co-habitating homes, do not do as well as children from homes raised by their biological, married parents.)
- The studies used small sample sizes which favored the result of "no difference." The statistical power was too low, this was a "Type II error" (saying there's no difference when there is in fact a difference), and this was an error common to most of the studies.
- The outcomes they measured weren't long term (don't we want to know if being a child of a same-sex couple will affect you as an adult, in your own relationships?)
- The outcomes most of the studies measured were effects on the parents. Others that did study outcomes on children, only looked at vague things like "cognitive health, etc." rather than serious and important social indicators, like drug and alcohol abuse, sexual deviancy, early pregnancy, criminal activity, etc.
- They completely ignored the one study that was conducted with good scientific principles (larger groups, comparison groups, etc.) That good study used teacher reports, tests, and child reports, instead of subjective, biased parent reports to assess the results of the effects of same-sex parents on children.
With that one decent study in the bunch that the APA cited - the Sarantakos study (1996) - the annotated bibilograpy did not cite the results, but rather remarked that there was, "No abstract available." But when you see the results of the Sarantakos study, you can see why perhaps the APA chose not to cite it - it did in fact give legitimate concern for the effects of same-sex parenting on children compared to heterosexual married, and heterosexual co-habitating couples (even after controlling for things like poverty, minority status, etc.):
The article also mentioned another book length study by Sarantakos (which the APA forgot to include . . . ) which cited troubling information on the long-term effect of same-sex parents on children:
But let's be fair - there are only a couple of decent studies out on this issue right now. So, we can't say anything 100% conclusive on the issue, like for example, your statement that "same-sex marriage is GOOD for Children." But, what we DO actually, empirically know is NOT promising. And what we DO know from looking at decent and scientifically-minded articles like this one, is that the American Psychological Association seems much more intent on deceitfully promoting a liberal social agenda than in using good scientific research to do so.
Perhaps, on another occasion, I'll address my other reasons for opposing same-sex marriage, but for today, I think this will do.