Gay think tank prepares for role in elections
June 6, 2007
If you’ll recall, about a month ago I wrote this piece in response to the pseudo-science propelled by organizations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council (are they trying to be ironic with their names or what?) into the Episcopal church’s arena, and similarly into my web site. For a long time I have had repeated posts from a few people who try to use this pseudo-science to argue that we (GLBT people) should not exist for various reasons.
From Reuters, today, I’m glad to read:
A new think tank specializing in gay issues wants a say in the U.S. debate over same-sex marriage and other matters, seeking to counter the influence of religious conservatives by beating them at their own game.
The Rockway Institute is the brainchild of executive director Robert-Jay Green, a California psychology professor who says the media, courts and politicians often make wrong assumptions about what the latest scientific research shows.
Green is building a team of 100 experts who hope to serve as expert witnesses in court cases or testify before state legislatures as they weigh laws affecting gay rights.
One goal to is to challenge the influence of organizations that have lobbied against same-sex marriage or same-sex parenting rights using what he dismisses as “pseudo science.”
“Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council are basically media machines churning out press releases, policy reports, appearing on talks shows constantly conveying their messages and distorting the actual research findings,” Green told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.
“There is not a single iota of scientific evidence showing that children raised by lesbian and gay parents do less well than children raised by a heterosexual mother and father,” he said.
Green cites major media commentators, court rulings and U.S.
President George W. Bush asserting — wrongly, in his view — that children must be better off living with heterosexual parents than a same-sex couple.
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