State Uses Bad Science To Back Its Bad Gay Adoption Ban
But did the State call in any experts from these organization to testify during the trial? No, they called in two suspect researchers George A. Rekers and Walter R. Schumm, whose work in the area is largely discredited by their peers.
The Herald's story does a good job of pointing out why these men aren't exactly the most authoritative scientific voices, but let's take a closer look.
Rekers has testified in court that he believes the Bible is God's word and that homosexuality is a sin. He's also believes that through treatment homosexuals can become heterosexuals, this notion too is scuffed at by most of the scientific and medical communities. He testified in a similar court case in Arkansas and the presiding judge said his testimony was extremely suspect, and that he was out promoting his own personal agenda. As the Herald points out, amongst the other people Rekers would like to ban from adopting children: people with more than 18 sexual partners and Native Americans.
The scientific research on LGBT parenting is far from over, but just about every mainstream study concludes that children raised in same sex households are just as physically and mentally healthy as those raised in opposite sex households. The only difference comes from perception of gender roles, but if you haven't noticed our society in the past few decades has largely rejected traditional gender roles.
So whatever. The State has a shitty law that for some reason it feels it needs to keep on the books, and instead of looking at the mainstream science on the subject they hire two biased wackos. Liberty and justice for all, indeed.