Backers of an amendment which would ban
gay marriage in Minnesota are using a controversial study on gay
parenting to make their case.
Minnesota for Marriage highlighted the
study in its latest Minnesota Marriage Minute video series.
The study by Mark Regnerus looked at
the outcomes of 3,000 people, 248 of which had a mother or a father
who at one time had a relationship with a person of the same gender.
Regnerus concluded that children raised by gay parents face greater
Regnerus told The Huffington Post
that his study found “that the scholarly and popular consensus that
there are no notable differences between the children who grew up
with a mother or father in a same-sex relationship and those whose
[heterosexual] mother and father were and are still married is
But the study has been widely
criticized because only 2 of the subjects reported having parents in
a gay relationship for their entire childhood.
In the 4-minute clip, host Kalley Yanta
informed viewers that Regnerus study “shows that children raised by
a parent who has had a same-sex relationship are significantly worse
off compared with those raised by their traditionally married
parents.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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