Score One for Same-Sex Marriage and Gay Adoption

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May 19 2010 10:33 AM

Score One for Same-Sex Marriage and Gay Adoption

I got a jolt of schadenfreude this morning from John Schwartz's story in the NYT about Dr. George A. Rekers , a clinical psychologist who has given expert testimony in same-sex marriage and gay adoption cases about how "gay men and lesbians lead parlous lives and raise troubled children," Schwartz writes. Rekers is now scandal-ridden because he took a 10-day trip to Europe with a male prostitute he met through Rekers says he didn't know about the prostitution stuff until after the trip began. Also, "I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever. I am not gay and never have been." Uh huh, but the cases in which he's been the main expert look shaky.

Even better is the news from Attorney General Bill McCollum of Florida (one of the AGs suing over Obama Care ) that he relied on Rekers in defending a Florida ban on gay adoption because he couldn't hardly find a single other academic willing to do so that. "There were only two willing to step forward and testify, and we searched a long time," he told reporters. Right, because the research just doesn't support the premise that gay people are bad parents. Let's call McCollum's admission scientific progress.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones



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