Saturday, March 3, 2012

An open email to Dr. Trayce Hansen

Dr. T. Hansen
Today, National Organization for Marriage is referencing a polemic by Dr. Trayce Hansen titled Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Harm Children. Dr. Hansen originally wrote this in 2007.

Updated to include court record.

Other works by Hansen include:

  • LGBT Curriculum Coming to an Elementary School near You (May 2009)
  • Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Will Increase Prevalence of Homosexuality: Research Provides Significant Evidence (September 29, 2008)
  • Pro-Homosexual Researchers Conceal Findings: Children Raised by Openly Homosexual Parents More Likely to Engage in Homosexuality (June 30, 2008)
  • A Review and Analysis of Research Studies Which Assessed Sexual Preference of Children Raised by Homosexuals (June 30, 2008)
Hansen was a witness called by Alliance Defense Fund in a Montana case. As Box Turtle Bulletin noted in 2009:
Dr. Hansen admitted on cross-examination that parenting evaluations represented a new area for her and that she never actually had prepared one. Dr. Hansen never had been qualified as an expert witness by any court. Dr. Hansen never had been retained by any party as an expert witness. Dr. Hansen’s psychology practice involved geriatric patients. Dr. Hansen conceded that she currently did not work with children and had fewer than four years of professional experience after earning her Ph.D. She had worked as a research assistant and had published one article in the journal Personality Assessment in a forensic-type situation. . . .

The court noted that, contrary to Dr. Hansen’s testimony, the APA concludes that no evidence suggests that same-sex couples are unfit to be parents, or that psychosocial development among children of same-sex couples would be compromised in any respect.
It is safe to say that Hansen is homophobic     to put it politely. My email to her follows:


To: trayce@drtraycehansen.com
Subject: Same-sex marriage
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:29:23 -0500

Dr. Hansen:

The majority of your polemic seems to be in opposition to gays adopting children in contrast to gay marriage. Your fifth, and final, argument is a slippery slope proposition which has no place in serious discourse. Are you attempting to support a religious objection to same-sex marriage with secular arguments?

Over 2,000,000 children are being raised by gays in this country. The vast majority of those are adopted and most of those were hard to place. The alternative is - in most cases  - that those boys and girls remain in "the system." As you are probably aware, the published and peer reviewed literature concludes that children raised by gays do at least as well as their more traditional peers.

The question that you fail to address is whether those kids, with gay parents, would be better off with married parents. One could reasonably argue that married parents provide greater stability and security.

Moreover, you are using a reference point that is increasingly rare. More than 50% of traditional marriages end in divorce. The marriage success rate has no correlation to gay marriage - one way or the other.

What I find intellectually and socially offensive is your suggestion that children raised by gay parents are more likely to be gay or "experiment" as you transmit it in your dog whistle. That is not supported by any research that is published in a recognized scholarly and peer reviewed journal. Sexual orientation is not contagious.

Regardless of the legal status of their unions, the same gays are going to form the same partnerships and adopt the same children. In fact, regardless of same-sex marriage, the same heterosexual couples will unite in the same marriages, crank out the same children and sue for the same divorces.

Ultimately, you are frustrating reason and torturing logic. Perhaps for religious reasons, you are divining arguments for a predetermined conclusion. Doing so is antithetical to the scientific method which calls for a hypothesis that is subjected to testing that forms the basis for conclusion. Overall, this is disappointing from someone with your scholarship, erudition and experience.

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