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Same Sex Marriage: A Child’s View

Charles the Hammer Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 11:06 PM
For David and the others who won't respond to this, and for general knowledge and consumption: yes, there have been some complaints about the UT-Austin study. Unfortunately, UT-Austin, not even REMOTELY a "conservative" institution, thoroughly examined the methodology of the study and found NOTHING wanting in its methodology or construction. The biggest complaints are, basically, one of interpretation and personal bias. These are legitimate concerns to be discussed, but the out of hand dismissal of the study based on half-baked theories/allegations with nothing more to support them other than the reflexive charges of "homophobe!" are worthless protestations. Please, try to bring up something more than those arguments that UT-A, itself,
David3036 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:22 AM
So, you see, I'm not basing my dismissal of that study on "reflexive charges of homophobia." In fact, I never mentioned the word.

Perhaps there was nothing wrong with the methodology if the researchers had not used the data to come to conclusions that were not supportable. In other words, there may have been some useful conclusions to be drawn from that study, but it did measure what it claimed to have measured.
David3036 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:29 AM
Correction: Did NOT measure what it claimed to have measured.
David3036 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:17 AM
William Saletan's summarty of the study: "The 'lesbian mother' group actually consisted mostly of kids who, by your account, had spent less than 'a good share of a year living with a mom and her lesbian partner. The most common age at which kids reported living with a mom and her partner was 14, so it’s unclear what kind of family structure these kids grew up in from birth to age 13.,,Tthe two cases in which you found same-sex couples that stayed together for all 18 years of the child’s upbringing weren’t enough to generate statistically valid comparisons. To the extent that you found a pattern among the six kids who had lived with a mom and her lesbian partner for at least 13 years, the pattern was that those kids 'fared better..."
Charles the Hammer Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 11:08 PM
investigated and found wanting in evidence. Things like how "lesbian" and "gay" are defined are stupid because it is little more than vernacular gymnastics for the sake of the political goal of discounting evidence (not proof, but evidence, mind you, if we keep a strictly worldly and humanistic view on this) that goes against the stated and open political agenda of activists. Sorta like saying pedophiles *cannot* be homosexual, as . . . well, that argument never made any sense except in the political realm.
Kids need both a mom and a dad!

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