In Gay Marriage Suit, a Battle Over Research

It was, like a dozen others in recent months, a court battle over gay marriage. But this one was punctuated by charges of scholarly groupthink, the public repudiation by a university department of its own tenured professor, a reference to witch-burning and an economist’s assertion that in his view, those engaging in homosexual acts are destined for hell.

A two-week trial here in United States District Court, which ended Friday, drew unusual national attention because it was the first in recent years to feature scholars testifying on the lessons of social science research into family structure and child welfare, and the largely discredited argument that having parents of the same sex is bad for children. <Read more.>

Via Erik Eckholm, The New York Times.