Intertwined in the marriage equality issue thoroughly before the US Supreme Court is the adoption issue – many same-sex couples are also raising adopted children, and at the same time a number of states also ban or make it very difficult for same-sex couples to adopt. The Press Herald reports:
The White House told the Supreme Court it favored same-sex marriage. So did dozens of big corporations, a host of political and legal heavyweights — and 9-year-old Austin Covey. “My dads take the best care of me and my brother,” Austin said in one of the many legal briefs submitted to court. “My family is no different than any other family.” In fact, his California family is different from most. Austin’s fathers, Joseph and Kevin Covey, are legally married. Yet because it’s a same-sex union, the federal government doesn’t recognize it under provisions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, now under review by the Supreme Court.
The article also looks at the discredited Regenerus study:
The study, funded by conservative groups opposed to gay marriage, was widely criticized as a misleading “apples to oranges” comparison which didn’t examine how children fared who had been raised by stable same-sex couples. Regnerus has acknowledged this shortcoming, saying his survey pool contained very few such couples. In an article for Slate magazine, Regnerus wrote that he has no expertise about children currently being raised by gay parents, but he stood by his contention that a household with a married mom and dad is “the safest place for a kid.”
It’s this “the facts don’t matter” attitude that drives me nuts – or more accurately, “we already know the answer, so let’s change the facts to fit”. It’s the antithesis of the scientific method, and yet still is presented as fact to the public.