The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Heritage Foundation and a bunch of other anti-same sex marriage groups are in DC today for what they are calling the March for Marriage. According to the website for the event, the “March powerfully proclaims that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is our culture’s best means of linking mothers and fathers to one another and to their children.”
Speakers at the event include Mike Huckabee and, of course, Rick “gay marriage is like man on dog sex” Santorum. Representatives from NOM and Heritage will also speak. Both groups have actively argued that the children of same-sex parents are somehow harmed by not having a “traditional” family structure. I know these guys all spend way too much time thinking, reading and writing about what two dudes or women do in the privacy of their own home, but that doesn’t make them experts on anything except being creepily obsessed with other people’s sex lives.
When it comes to the real-world social and psychological impacts of same-sex marriage on individuals and families, actual psychologists who study this stuff for a living adamantly disagree with Santorum and his ilk. Just this morning, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) released information showing how insanely wrong the anti-same sex marriage folks are when it comes to the impact of marriage on children.
“NOM is free to oppose marriage equality on the basis of its own moral and religious commitments,” writes Rachel Farr, Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “What it can’t claim is that preserving marriage as between ‘one man and one woman’ will in any way affect the well-being of children. The research warrants no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents.”
According to Professor Farr, none of the valid, peer-reviewed academic research shows any differences between children raised by same-sex vs opposite-sex couples. “Studies since the late 1970s have found no discernible difference in cognitive skills and academic achievement, emotional and behavioral characteristics, gender development, or relationships with peers and romantic partners,” writes Farr.
Oh, and that one study that supposedly did find a difference between children of same vs oppostite-sex couples? Farr notes that it “was so methodologically flawed that the journal that published it later reprimanded its author; its findings were debunked by the academic community and discredited in courtrooms.”
Nothing against the Bible or anything, but when it comes to understanding actual social and psychological outcomes in modern society, I’m going to stick with the research from unbiased college professors until a major academic journal can find someone capable of peer-reviewing Leviticus 18 and 20.