MercatorNet: A sad tale of dodgy statistics

Numerous people have been saying all along that the gay community is lying through its teeth. This proves that they try to make themselves bigger than they really are. <ADMIN>

How many children are being raised by same-sex parents in the United States at the moment?

(a) 200,000
(b) 1.5 to 5 million
(c) 8 to 10 million
(d) 14 million
(e) 28 million

The correct figure is believed to be 200,000. It is the one mentioned by the US Supreme Court in the majority decision in Obergefell v Hodges which legalised same-sex marriage last year.

However, figures in the millions have been cited by serious legal and social science journals in the recent past. In 2007 journal called Pediatric Nursing estimated that the number of children in same-sex households could be as many as 28 million. This was nearly 40 percent of all American children.

Some scholars have accepted an estimate of 14 million children and have even attributed it to the US Census Bureau.

In an article in the latest issue of the BYU Journal of Public Law*, Professor Walter Schumm, of Kansas State University, examines the incredible range of estimates in 90 law journal articles and 71 social science or medical articles. Only four of the law journal articles and 13 of the social science or medical journal articles carried estimates below 1 million – when the real number was probably one-fifth of that.

The pattern of citation is interesting. Initially academics were citing very high estimates but as time went on the figures began to fall as some of them realised that the estimates were probably inflated.

The key point made by Professor Schumm and his colleagues is that when the legal groundwork for same-sex marriage was laid in the 1990s, courts and scholars were working on the assumption that there were millions of children living in same-sex households. They write: […]

Source: MercatorNet: A sad tale of dodgy statistics


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