How many children are being raised by same-sex parents in the United States at the moment?
(b) 1.5 to 5 million
(c) 8 to 10 million
(d) 14 million
(e) 28 million
The correct figure is believed to be 200,000. It is the one mentioned by the US Supreme Court in the majority decision in Obergefell v Hodges which legalised same-sex marriage last year.
However, figures in the millions have been cited by serious legal and social science journals in the recent past. In 2007 journal called Pediatric Nursing estimated that the number of children in same-sex households could be as many as 28 million. This was nearly 40 percent of all American children.
Some scholars have accepted an estimate of 14 million children and have even attributed it to the US Census Bureau.
In an article in the latest issue of the BYU Journal of Public Law*, Professor Walter Schumm, of Kansas State University, examines the incredible range of estimates in 90 law journal articles and 71 social science or medical articles. Only four of the law journal articles and 13 of the social science or medical journal articles carried estimates below 1 million – when the real number was probably one-fifth of that. More.
Reality check: Is there a name for the delusion that causes people to believe that statistics matter in situations like this? One of the nice things about being a Top Person is that one can pay to have statistics manufactured. The rest is just enforcement.
See also: It’s everywhere in science too. Name a popular culture demon and you’ll find a massive bunker against it. A bunker of bunk. For the facts, see whole foods scams, sciencey-sounding bunk about nutrition and debunking the salt demon.
Sometimes it’s serious too. Check out non-replicable cancer treatments. It’s your life. So listen.