An official inquiry has cleared a University of Texas researcher
of misconduct charges in his scientific study of children raised by
Mark Regnerus' extensive "New Family Structures Study" shows a negative
impact on children raised by same-gender couples. When it was
published in Social Science Research, a journal that
publishes papers devoted to quantitative social science research
and methodology, activist blogger Scott Rosensweig, who calls
himself Scott Rose, filed a complaint because he disagreed with the
findings. A panel of experts was soon put together to investigate
the research (
see earlier story).
Freedom attorney David Hacker tells OneNewsNow, "America's
universities should always serve as truth-seeking, free
marketplaces of ideas."
"Disagreeing with a study's conclusions is not grounds for
allegations of scientific misconduct," he continues. "We're not
surprised that those accusations were found baseless."
Regnerus stated openly at the time of the complaint that the
research would stand up to scrutiny. Still, the University of Texas
at Austin did not hesitate to assemble a panel.
"This was a comprehensive, peer-reviewed research study
consisting of leading scholars and researchers across disciplines
and ideological lines in a spirit of civility and reasoned
inquiry," the attorney details.
Now, a memorandum from UT Austin declares that none of the
allegations of scientific misconduct from Rose were substantiated
in any fashion.