Research Ethics and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Whatever happened to scientific ethics? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Overwhelming research shows children do best when raised by both biological parents. But many gay rights advocates are quick to add that science has never proved same-sex marriage is bad for children. So, let’s try it, they say. Then we’ll know.

But social scientists never allow experiments on human subjects unless the risks are low enough to justify it. And, subjects must give informed consent. And, there must be a clear, positive outcome in mind. Just because we want to, isn’t enough. These are ironclad rules of scientific ethics.

Except for now. The grand experiment to redefine marriage is being done without any idea of the impact on future generations who certainly can’t give informed consent! And, the only reason to try it is the personal happiness of the parents which, of course, trivializes the rights of the children.

There’s simply no way to run this social experiment ethically. My friend Tom Gilson has an article on this at BreakPoint. I’ll link to it at I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

When There Are No Experts
Tom Gilson | June 21, 2012 | BreakPoint Columns

American Sociological Association Code of Ethics
ASA Committee on Professional Ethics