by Greg Krehbiel on 25 March 2013
The social and behavioral sciences have a long history of being shaped and driven by politics and ideology.
Amen. I hope the Supreme Court has the sense to know that.
Same-sex marriage and child rearing by self-defined same-sex couples are recent innovations. Whatever effects may flow from these unprecedented arrangements, good or bad or neutral, they are scientifically unknowable until gay marriage and child rearing are widespread enough to yield large samples that can be studied according to a rigorous methodology. “Large amounts of data collected over decades,” write Kass and Mansfield, “would be required before any responsible researcher could make meaningful scientific estimates of the effects.”
Or, IOW, you can safely ignore anybody who says “the science” has anything whatsoever to contribute to the discussion — on either side.
-- 2013-03-25 » Greg Krehbiel