|FOF's Tom Minnery distorted science in 2011.|
A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud. . . . The study was published last December in Science, and received lots of media attention (including from BuzzFeed News). It found that a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with a gay political canvasser could steer voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Not only that, but these changed opinions lasted for at least a year and influenced other people in the voter’s household, the study found.
Donald Green, the senior author on the study, retracted it on Tuesday shortly after learning that his co-author, UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour, had faked the results. Science posted an official “editorial expression of concern” — a very big deal in the science world — on Wednesday afternoon.
“I am deeply embarrassed by this turn of events and apologize to the editors, reviewers, and readers of Science,” Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University, said in his retraction letter to the journal, as posted on the Retraction Watch blog.
I am personally furious for the obvious reasons that a pro-gay study turned out to be fraudulent, but also I can just imagine how anti-gay groups and spokespeople will attempt to spin this. If they are smart, they would be wise to remain in their glass houses.
|Mark Regnerus created a discredited negative study on gay parenting.|
National Institute of Health director Francis Collins, who rebuked the right-wing American College of Pediatricians for falsely claiming that he stated sexual orientation is not hardwired by DNA.
Six researchers of a 1997 Canadian study (Robert S. Hogg, Stefan A. Strathdee, Kevin J.P. Craib, Michael V. Shaughnessy, Julio Montaner, and Martin T. Schehter), who complained in 2001 that religious right groups were distorting their work to claim that gay men have a short life span.
The authors of the book Unequal Opportunity: Health Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States (Professors Richard J. Wolitski, Ron Stall, and Ronald O. Valdiserri), who complained that their work was being distorted by Focus on the Family.
University College London professor Michael King, who complained that the American Family Association was distorting his work on depression and suicide in LGBT individuals.
Dr. Robert Spitzer, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, who has consistently complained that religious right groups distorted his study to claim that the LGBT orientation is easily changeable
And how could we forget that lovely time in 2011, when Tom Minnery, a spokesman from Focus on the Family, was dressed down by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) during a Congressional hearing for deliberately misrepresenting a study
Last but not least, the piece de resistance of anti-gay scientific distortion - the Mark Regenerus anti-gay parenting study which was conceived, paid for, and spread by anti-gay groups regardless of its numerous problems, including containing a multitude of errors and being rebuked by over 200 researchers, the sociology department of Regenrus's own university, and Michigan federal judge, Bernard Friedman.
And I am almost sure that the Family Research Council will trumpet the news of the distorted marriage equality study even though the organization itself has a very nasty history of distorting science, such as the fact that it continues to cite a fraudulent study, Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples, which uses outdated work and compares married United States couples to unmarried gay couples in casual relationships from other parts of the world.
Also, the numerous times FRC continued to defend the Mark Regnerus study even after it has been discredited.
So when it comes to scientific distortions, anti-gay groups have the lgbt community COMPLETELY outgunned, outmanned, and outdone in every conceivable way.
My only hope is that this basic fact will come to light should anti-gay groups begin creating lies about lgbts distorting science.