Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

Sex and the Social Scientist

(Darren Gygi)
Will the Left debate marriage honestly?

Science has spoken: That’s what judges, professional associations, and journalists have said about the effects on children of being raised by same-sex couples. It turns out, though, that science spoke with unwarranted certainty.

In 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a statement saying that “the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.” There was “not a single study” to find the children of gay and lesbian parents “to be disadvantaged in any significant respect.”

The chief justice of the

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Stepping in It

Toward the end of this piece, I am going to make a dry but mercifully brief argument for a corollary of technological neutralism I arrogantly (and probably unjustifiably) dub “Foster’s ...
Politics & Policy

The Immigration Proclamation

President Barack Obama once again has brushed aside the founding principles that hold our Constitution together. His signature health-care scheme depends on the claim that the Constitution places no limits ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The 51st Star

William F. Buckley Jr. said of Jeane Kirkpatrick, “She ought to be woven into the flag as the 51st star.” When I was introduced to Kirkpatrick, I quoted this remark. ...
Politics & Policy

America’s Iliad

Every generation christens its own favored Civil War book, almost by clockwork. Twenty-five years ago, James McPherson brought forth his richly awarded and eminently readable Battle Cry of Freedom, just ...
Politics & Policy

Still Guilty

It is unlikely that we ever will have a proper reckoning of the American Left’s culpability in the worldwide Communist enterprise — the gulags and laogai, the Stasi, the Holodomor, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Questionable Questions I was surprised to notice that, in the June 11 issue of NR, The Week touted the necessity of the American Community Survey. This survey is unconstitutional. Yes, according to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Not that those work permits are going to be of much use . . . ‐ During a press conference, President Obama said that the private sector was “doing fine.” ...
The Long View

Bethesda Mental Health Clinic

Bethesda Mental Health Clinic  Doctor’s Notes 6/12 Had first session with new patient. Always difficult to start a new series of treatments, this time slightly more difficult due to the presence of Secret ...
Athwart

Uncle Sam Meets Aunt Jemima

The Voyager spacecraft has reached the edge of the solar system, and is now poised to become an undocumented resident of the galaxy beyond. Impressive! It contains a record that ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

Bobolink You rise from dry meadowgrass           With a laborious flutter, more Wing-action than the shortness of your flight            Would seem to call for And so ...
Happy Warrior

Mr. Powell and His Peers

‘All political lives,” said the British politician Enoch Powell many years ago, “unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the ...

Most Popular

Trump: Yes

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More

Trump: Yes

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More
Media

The Hunter Emails

According to a 2015 email, then–vice president Joe Biden met with a top executive at Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm that paid Biden’s son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on its board. Earlier, the Burisma executive had asked Hunter to use his influence to quell Ukrainian government officials who were ... Read More
Media

The Hunter Emails

According to a 2015 email, then–vice president Joe Biden met with a top executive at Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm that paid Biden’s son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on its board. Earlier, the Burisma executive had asked Hunter to use his influence to quell Ukrainian government officials who were ... Read More
Elections

How the GOP Can Win Over Millennials

Joel Kotkin, the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has written extensively on demographics, housing, and issues related to income inequality in the 21st century. Kotkin often blends research on demographics with historical reasoning, and he has chronicled the decline of ... Read More
Elections

How the GOP Can Win Over Millennials

Joel Kotkin, the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has written extensively on demographics, housing, and issues related to income inequality in the 21st century. Kotkin often blends research on demographics with historical reasoning, and he has chronicled the decline of ... Read More