A couple weeks ago I wrote about Janice Shaw Crouse’s assertion that gay families are nothing more than a group of people. The more I wrote about this — the more I thought about it — the more she seemed like a monster, and as you’ll recall, my spirit faltered a bit at the prospect of calling her one.
I shouldn’t have worried. Janice Shaw Crouse isn’t just out to get us; she’s willing to betray her most ardent supporters in order to promote her own brand of bigotry. This week she’s pushed on them a common lie about same-sex parenting. Compare this statement from her recent column, Five Myths about Same Sex Marriage, to the findings of the American Psychological Association (especially the parts I’ve highighted):
|Janice Shaw Crouse||American Psychological Association|
|Social science research sends a clear and unequivocal message: the married couple, mom-and-dad family is best for children — not just good, but best in comparison to any other household arrangement…American children are at risk in carefully-documented ways when they are raised in any household but a married mom-and-dad family: They make worse grades, are likely to drop out of school, more prone to getting into trouble, have greater health problems, are more likely to experiment with drugs and/or alcohol, and will likely engage in early sexual activity and thus be more likely to contract a sexually-transmitted disease, have an abortion(s) and/or teen pregnancy.||Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents. Indeed, 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.|
How to explain the discrepancy? Is it simply that Janice Shaw Crouse is no mental health professional, just a former speechwriter for Bush the First and now a political commentator for Paranoid Concerned Women for America? Actually, it’s worse than that.
When Janice Shaw Crouse — and the National Organization for Marriage, and Focus on the Family, and the Traditional Values Coalition — crow about their research, they’re doing something almost unbelievable: They’re citing studies that didn’t look at same-sex couples at all.
Good lord, even the National Organization for Marriage admitted as much to its readers. Janice Shaw Crouse, though, leaves that bit of information out. It’s a sad day when you’re not even as honest as NOM.
Here’s what troubles me. Janice Shaw Crouse is writing this article for her core audience. She knows these people are counting on her for the truth and will believe what she tells them. And she doesn’t care. She’s happy to deceive them if it will advance her political goals. I know this is naive, but my gut tells me she ought to honor some measure of trust with this small, select crew. But she won’t do it. She’s not treating them as readers. She treating them as dupes.