A University of Texas at Austin professor whose research on homosexual parenting was attacked by a “gay” activist has been vindicated by university officials. As reported in June by The New American, the study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus demonstrated that children raised by parents who at some point had a same-sex partner were more likely to be on welfare, experience depression, have less education, and have a history of sexual abuse than children raised by heterosexual parents.
Homosexual activist blogger Scott Rose took the lead in attacking the research of Regnerus, sending a pair of letters to university officials that accused the professor of deviating from “ethical standards” for research, and “possible falsification” of his findings. Fox News reported that “Rose, who is gay, claimed the study was compromised because it was funded by the conservative Witherspoon Institute and that Regnerus was unable to be impartial because he is Catholic.”
An intensive inquiry by the university found that, contrary to Rose's claims, the research methods of Regnerus were sufficiently scholarly. The Catholic News Agency reported that the university's research integrity officer, Robert A. Peterson, “said he 'carefully reviewed' all available data, materials and information and discussed the process with other inquiry panel members. 'I have concluded that Professor Regnerus did not commit scientific misconduct,' he said in an Aug. 24 memorandum to university officials.”
A subsequent statement from the university confirmed that “no formal investigation is warranted into the allegations of scientific misconduct lodged against associate professor Mark Regnerus regarding his July article in the journal Social Science Research. As with much university research, Regnerus’ New Family Structures Study touches on a controversial and highly personal issue that is currently being debated by society at large.” The statement added that the university “expects the scholarly community will continue to evaluate and report on the findings of the Regnerus article and supports such discussion.”
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