6 Int'l J. Jurisprudence Fam. 67 (2015)
Violations of Fairness in Social Science Research: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting

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              by Walter R. Schumm1 and Duane W      Crawford


Progressives and conservatives agree upon the importance of procedural
fairness. Accordingly, this article examines the quality of social science research
in the area of same-sex parenting. A variety of research principles have been
violated on a regular basis, yet research results have often been accepted at face
value by both professional social science organizations and judicial authorities.
Examples are presented of how basic so-called facts, such as how many children
are being raised by same-sex parents, have been extraordinarily incorrect; how
nonrandom, convenience samples have been accepted, even though random,
national samples have existed for many years; how sample designs have been
corrupted; and how erroneous statistical analyses have been conducted. It
appears that in many cases the role of politics has overridden scientific common
sense and standard methodological protocols, damaging the credibility of social
scientists, the field of social science, and the integrity of many social science
professional organizations. The acceptance of such inferior research, both in
general and in terms of specific journal article results, as long as it appeared to
support politically correct objectives, suggests the use of an approach to science
whereby the ends justify the means, an approach that may ultimately undermine
public trust in social science and in judicial decisions that are based on such
faulty research.

1 Professor of Family Studies, Kansas State University (B.S., Physics, College of William
& Mary, 1972; M.S., Family and Child Development, Kansas State University, 1976;
Ph.D., Family Studies, Purdue University, 1979). The author received summer salary
support in grants to Kansas State University from the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton,
New Jersey, in 2014 and 2015; the Witherspoon Institute had no influence on the content
of this report other than this acknowledgment.
2 Professor of Family Studies, Kansas State University (B.A., Psychology, B.A. Anthro-
pology, Wichita State University, 1977; M.A., Anthropology, Wichita State University,
1982; Ph.D., Individual and Family Development, The Pennsylvania State University,

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