Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of "How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study," published in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research.
The legalization of same-sex marriage may be associated with a short-term emotional bump for youth who identify as sexual minorities, but it is not a robust, long-term panacea for the emotional struggles of teenagers.
Date posted: 2017-03-10
The claim that there are no differences in outcomes for children living in same-sex households arises from how scholars collect, analyze, and present data to support a politically expedient conclusion, not from what the data tend to reveal at face value.
Date posted: 2016-11-04
Before the year 2000, no US state recognized same-sex marriage. By 2015, it was legal throughout the US and most of Western Europe. Before 2015 most Americans knew nothing about transgender issues.
Date posted: 2016-06-23
The social science on same-sex households with children isn't settled. It's just plain unsettling.
Date posted: 2016-05-13
Published research employing the New Family Structures Study (NFSS), the ECLS (Early Childhood Longitudinal Study), the US Census (ACS), the Canadian Census, and now the NHIS all reveal a comparable basic narrative, namely, that children who grow up with a married mother and father fare best.
Date posted: 2015-05-12
Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it's reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.
Date posted: 2014-09-23
Think that legalizing same-sex marriage won't affect its supporters' moral standards? Think again.
Date posted: 2014-08-30
A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.
Date posted: 2014-01-09
The sexual permissiveness of men will emerge a winner in the contest of ideas as same-sex marital norms begin to shape the larger institution of marriage.
Date posted: 2013-07-19
Our language about sexuality is dominated by public health, with its talk of risk, "protection," health, choice, and rights. In so doing we scoff at babies--the crowning glory of human creativity--and where they come from.
Date posted: 2013-07-19
Young adult men's support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and fairness. It may be, in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.
Date posted: 2013-02-12