MUST WATCH: Sen. Al Franken Schools Focus on the Family Rep for Misusing Study

Published on The Daily Femme – Thursday, July 21, 2011

Contributed by Annamarya

If there’s one thing that irritates me more than anything, it’s the misrepresentation of studies, whether twisting statistics or fabricating results to fit your own agenda. Not surprisingly, the latter was attempted by Thomas Minnery of the Colorado-based anti-LGBTQ conservative Christian group Focus on the Family during yesterday’s senate hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the discriminatory Clinton-era  Defense of Marriage Act and extend marital rights to same-sex couples.

During his testimony, Minnery cited a 2010 U.S. Health and Human Services Department  study that concluded children thrive more in nuclear families, claiming, in a totally far-reaching way, that this means only families with married opposite-sex parents. Luckily for the side of reason, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn), as seen in the video above, sets Minnery right. Firstly, says Franken, who co-sponsors ROMA, the nuclear family, as defined in the study, is “one or more children living with two parents who are married to one another and are each biological or adoptive parents of all the children in the family.” And while Minnery contends that the authors’ intent was to only include straight parents, Franken curtly points out that that’s just not reality to a crowd of agreeable laughs (according to Politico, lead author Debra L. Blackwell, Ph.D. says Franken is right and that same-sex couples are not excluded from the report or definition). ““I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways,” he adds.

Reason: 1 , Intolerance: 0

Politico: Al Franken clashes with Focus on the Family executive

Think Progress: FRANKEN DESTROYS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY WITNESS, EXPOSES MISUSE OF HHS STUDY

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