Bench Memos

More on Judge Walker’s Gender Follies

I recently highlighted that the record evidence and other authority that Prop 8 proponents presented to Judge Walker refutes his astounding claims that “the evidence shows beyond any doubt that parents’ genders are irrelevant to children’s developmental outcomes” and that the “genetic relationship between a parent and a child is not related to a child’s adjustment outcomes.”  (Emphasis added.)  In his NRO essay “Making Gender Irrelevant” yesterday, Dennis Prager weighed in with his usual excellent insights, including:

Judge Walker offer[s] studies that purport to prove that it makes no difference whether or not a child has parents of both sexes. These academic studies are as unserious as all those studies of a generation ago that “proved” that boys do not prefer to play with trucks and soldiers but would be just as happy to play with dolls and tea sets, and that girls do not prefer dolls and tea sets but would be just as happy to play with trucks and soldiers.

These newer “studies” of same-sex parents are as valid as the earlier propaganda presented in the guise of scientific studies. Like the boy-girl studies, these were conducted by academics with agendas: to deny male-female differences and to promote same-sex marriage. That many Americans believe these studies — studies that are in any case based on a small number of same-sex couples raising a small number of children, during a short amount of time (a couple of decades), based on the researchers’ own notions of what a healthy and successful young person is — only proves how effectively colleges and graduate schools have succeeded in teaching a generation of Americans not to think critically but to accept “studies” in place of common sense.  [Emphasis added.]

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