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Week in Review

September 25, 2009

Here’s a recap of some of the stories I didn’t have time to post individually this week (h/t on several to Debbie).

In a Sept. 2 column, Bob Emrich, an opponent of same-sex marriage, implied that these children are at serious risk. Mr. Emrich concluded that “social science research has now documented” that “children do best by far … when they are raised by their married biological parents. … This body of scientific evidence is now so overwhelming that there can be no argument about this fact.”

As social scientists with a combined 97 years of experience writing and reading about research on marriage, families, and children, we beg to differ: Mr. Emrich’s conclusion cannot be further from the truth….

…We take issue with Mr. Emrich’s argument on another ground. He implies that same-sex marriage should be banned because of the supposed benefits of parenting by both biological parents. Yet about 26 percent of U.S. children live with only one biological parent. According to Mr. Emrich’s reasoning, the government should ban this parental arrangement as well. If such a ban makes no sense, then neither does a ban on same-sex marriage for this reason…

No on 1’s new rebuttal ad:

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