Regular readers might recall this post put up about 6 weeks ago:
A University of Texas sociologist is being investigated for scientific “misconduct,” after angering gay activists with research suggesting children raised by same-sex couples have more problems as adults.
Professor Mark Regnerus defended his June 2012 findings in an e-mail to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, saying he worked with a team of “leading family researchers” from “across disciplines and ideological lines” to develop a protocol approved by the university’s review board.
Initially, the university promoted Regnerus’ study as a “particularly significant” source of information onoutcomes in same-sex parenting. It showed that adult children of same-sex households tend to have lower incomes, more physical and mental problems, less stablerelationships and higher crime rates.
Published in the Social Science Research journal, the workwas criticized by homosexual advocates. The universityhas now convened a panel to investigate Regnerus’ alleged “misconduct,” a category including false or plagiarized work as well as “practices that seriously deviate from ethical standards.”
That panel has completed their investigation and the findings are likely to be ignored by most media outlets:
A University of Texas faculty member did not commit scientific misconduct in connection with his study that raised doubts about gay parenting, the university has concluded.
As a result, no formal investigation of allegations against Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology, is warranted, UT announced Wednesday.
“I think it’s a just and wise decision, and I’m certainly pleased with it,” Regnerus told the American-Statesman in an email. “It was a thorough and fair process, and conducted professionally.”
Regnerus found that the adult children of gay parents reported significantly different, and often worse, life experiences than the children of married, heterosexual biological parents.
A number of sociologists and gay marriage advocates objected to his findings, contending that they subverted a decade of research. The critics also questioned his methodology, the peer review process and the fact that the study was paid for by two conservative groups, the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation. An internal draft audit by Social Science Research, the journal that published the study, found “serious flaws” in the peer review process and concluded that the journal never should have published his report.
The allegations of scientific misconduct were leveled by freelance writer Scott Rosensweig, who uses the byline Scott Rose, in a letter to UT President Bill Powers. That prompted the university’s inquiry, led by Robert A. Peterson, a research integrity officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research.
After consulting with a four-member advisory panel of senior UT faculty members, Peterson found no falsification of data, plagiarism or other serious ethical breaches constituting scientific misconduct.
UT hired Alan Price, a private consultant, to monitor the inquiry.
Price, a former chief research fraud investigator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wrote that the matter was handled “consistent with the University policy and procedures for scientific misconduct” and “consistent with federal regulatory requirements of inquiries into research misconduct.”
Any costs incurred by the University in conducting this investigation and certainly any personal costs incurred by Regnerus, ought to be paid fully by the gay fascist who brought the charge.
Instead, he’ll likely raise an even noisier ruckus.
Fascists don’t like to be denied.
Originally published at Brutally Honest.