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Critique of Timothy J. Daily Article: “Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk”

Introducing guest Blogger Diana Black Kennedy (another exception to the ever loosening OneUtah editorial policy).

Follows is Ms. Kennedy’s response to an article written by Dr. Timothy J. Dailey is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Marriage and Family Studies of Family Research Council in which Dr. Dailey attempts to dismiss the “conclusion… echoed in the official statement on homosexual parenting by the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Directorate, “that children raised in gay and lesbian households fare no worse than those reared in traditional families.”

Diana Kennedy writes:

Specializing in issues threatening the institutions of marriage and the family

Dr. Timothy J. Dailey: Specializing in issues threatening the institutions of marriage and the family (from the perspective of a Bible Thumper)

I have a friend on Facebook with whom I often debate politics. I am the self-described flaming liberal and he is the Mormon libertarian. We have some great debates—always respectful, and always challenging. Recently, during a discussion of the recent Prop 8 ruling, he posted an article by Timothy J. Dailey Ph.D., called Homosexual Parenting: Placing children at risk. This is my critique.

1) Daily spends a lot of time pointing out methodological problems in the pro-equality literature and then totally abandons those strictures in his citing of anti-gay literature.

“Thus, all generalizations must be viewed with caution. . . . Because all uncorroborated self-report data are subject to biases, and because parents may deliberately or unconsciously minimize the extent of conflicts with their children, these findings cannot be accepted at face value.24”

However, when discussing anti-gay literature, he writes: “A survey conducted by the homosexual magazine Genre found that 24 percent of the respondents said they had had more than 100 sexual partners in their lifetime. The magazine noted that several respondents suggested including a category of those who had more than 1,000 sexual partners.31”

Could not the same presentation bias have something to do with over-estimating the number of partners gays have had in their lifetime? Talk to any 22 year old frat boy, gay or straight, (outside BYU, of course) and I think you’d see a similar presentation bias.

Also, in the “comparison with heterosexual couples” section, he offers no direct comparison. He goes from studies of homosexual couples who have been together 1-37 years to look at monogamy, and then compares that stat with heterosexual couples in marriage. I bet if you included hetero couples living together before marriage, the comparison number would be almost identical.

Again, in the comparisons section, he says, ” In Sex in America, called by the New York Times “the most important study of American sexual behavior since the Kinsey reports,” Robert T. Michael et al. report that 90 percent of wives and 75 percent of husbands claim never to have had extramarital sex.36″ Oy. Talk about presentation bias! Someone calls you on the phone and asks if you have been faithful to you spouse–well, you don’t think people may want to present themselves as better than they are? Read the rest of this entry »

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How Lava Hot Springs defines a family

lavaLava Hot Springs, Idaho, is a popular weekend vacation destination for families in northern Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and beyond. If you’re a family, you can get a family discount for entrance to the park. That is, unless your family happens to have same-sex parents.

It seems the park owners would rather risk bad publicity than use some common sense about
this.

Lava hot springs, the popular tourist attraction, is where the lesbian couple with their three foster kids and were denied the advertised family price because they don’t fit the definition of a family, under Idaho Law.

The Lava Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Lowe said the state doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage and defines a family as one male, one female and children.

On the other hand, the American Civil Liberties Union in Boise said State Code defines marriage, but has no universal definition of a family.

Lowe said they’ll address this issue at the next board meeting which is on June 18th.

He said they may change the admission policy and it most likely would completely get rid of these family passes.

As of right now, they don’t have a formal policy.

When you think about it, shouldn’t they at least have considered one parent and the children as a family? It seems they’d rather drop the family passes altogether than acknowledge there is such a thing as families with same-sex parents.

Welcome to the real world, Idaho.

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