S.L. Tribune op-ed: Michigan judge, not marriage studies, is ‘unbelievable’

(S.L. Tribune) What does “unbelievable” mean? To most of us, it means that something is clearly not true or at least is so implausible as to justify our rejecting it as an explanation.

In his ruling last week that the United States Constitution requires Michigan to change its legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, Judge Bernard Friedman vociferously attacked four social scientists. The state had relied on their work to cast doubt on the notion that social science establishes that there are no differences in outcomes for children raised by a married mother and father and those raised by same-sex couples, of whom only one could possibly be the child’s biological parent.

Judge Friedman dismissed all of the witnesses, two for no real reason and the other two because the judge found their research “unbelievable.” Why?

Click here to read this op-ed by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, in The Salt Lake Tribune.