James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, a right-wing evangelical group,Â figures that it has enough power and money that it can lie and get away with it. To a certain extent it is true. One of his so-called “researchers,” Glenn Stanton, released a paper in early March 2008 distorting the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) stance on marriage.
In the release, Stanton, an employee of Focus in the Family who does not identify himself as an anthropologist, claims “a family is a unit that draws from the two types of humanity, male and female.” He also states that there is a clear consensus among anthropologists on this definition. What a whopper. Check out what the AAA has to say about his position.
Stanton is not a new face to those of us in Massachusetts who had to defend our families against his ersatz research at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the ultimately victorious 2003Â Goodridge case that granted marriage equality. We also came up against a lot of his unsubstantiated research that was distributed by the Massachusetts Family Institute, during subsequent legislative struggles to preserve marriage equality.
When you see Glenn Stanton cited as the “expert,” vet the research–thoroughly. He’s more creative writer than researcher.