MN for Marriage blatantly misinterprets parenting study in new anti-gay clip [VIDEO]
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In the latest Minnesota Marriage Minute video, TV anchor-turned-shill Kalley Yanta touts a new study purportedly showing that "there are many major, highly negative differences" between outcomes for kids raised by married heterosexual couples and those raised by gays.
The only problem is that the study she discusses shows no such thing.
Salon provides some details (emphasis mine):
Conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, the New Family Structures Study has been used by opponents of same-sex marriage to suggest that the children of same-sex couples fare poorly on a number of issues including relationships, abuse, and poverty.But Yanta plays fast and very loose with the facts in the new Marriage Minute clip.
But that's not what the study actually says. Regnerus' study compared children from families headed by married, heterosexual parents to children who were raised in families where one parent had a same-sex relationship at some point. The vast majority of the children whose parents had a same-sex relationship were either born out of wedlock or came from a "traditional family" that experienced a divorce. Critics say that comparison is unfair because it compares broken homes to married ones.
In fact, only two of the 2,988 people interviewed were raised by a same-sex couple for their entire childhoods. And only a small percentage of the children Regnerus coded as having gay parents said they had been raised in a same-sex household for more than a few years.
"In fact, there are very significant, highly negative outcome differences between those raised by same-sex parents and those raised by married parents," she says, citing the Regnerus study. Specifically, she says kids raised by gays are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused, four times more likely to be raped, and four times more likely to end up on public assistance, among other things.
But again, the study shows no such thing -- it only shows that kids whose parents cheat on each other and divorce tend to have tougher lives. And certainly, there's no shortage of adults raised by straight parents who could vouch for that.
Yanta's latest misinformation campaign, paid for by Minnesota for Marriage, comes as no surprise. This isn't the first time the Marriage Minute has employed faulty logic for its own ends.