Prof. Cleared of Misconduct in Gay Parenting Study

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The University of Texas at Austin has cleared a professor facing allegations of scientific misconduct in a study on gay parenting.

LGBT writer Scott Rose accused UT associate professor Mark Regnerus of scientific misconduct for a July article published in the journal Social Science Research.

Rose complained that Regnerus designed his study to make gays look bad. The study found that adults with gay parents tend to report less economic success and struggle more with mental health issues.

UT policy dictates that the university conduct an inquiry for any allegation of scientific misconduct. However, a four-member advisory panel composed of senior university faculty members found insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. 

The university also hired a private consultant, Dr. Alan Price, to ensure that the inquiry was conducted "appropriately and fairly."

Price found that the inquiry was handled in a manner consistent with university policy. Price formerly served as associate director of the Office of Research Integrity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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