Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Focus On The Family Defend Their Misrepresentation Of Study During DOMA Hearing

Citizen Link just posted their "analysis" of the DOMA hearing today. Naturally they are whining about how they feel that Tom Minnery from Focus On The Family was cornered by the Senators while giving his testimony on marriage. But, in regards to the situation with Minnesota Senator Al Franken calling Minnery out for misrepresenting data, Minnery attempts to defend himself. Citizen Link says,
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., focused on Minnery’s written testimony, targeting one of more than 60 academic citations concerning the positive impact when children have a married mother and father in the home.  Franken said he interprets one study’s definition of “nuclear family” as one that would include same-sex married couples with children.
Minnery replied after the hearing, “A careful reading of the study gives no indication that same-sex couples were included; it’s simply silent on the subject.  Based on the actual text of the report, a realistic assessment is that silence means absence.  This study is one small part the mountain of solid data that demonstrates kids do best with a married mother and father.” because the study is silent on the subject that automatically means that same-sex couples were not included? I would think that if the Department of Health and Human services had not had any same-sex couples in the survey, they themselves would have said "husband and wife" in their definition of a nuclear family. But that's just my take on it. And as for Minnery's "mountain of solid data", Alvin McEwen points out that it is far from a mountain, in fact, it actually looks more like a molehill. 

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