Based on David Norris' video concerning the Iona Institute, I contacted ChildTrends & got responses from their friendly VP of Strategic Communication. He said they had sent the following letter to #ccven (published in its entirety with permission):
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
April 4, 2013
The Honorable Art O'Leary
16 Parnell Square East
Child Trends, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center focused on children and youth issues. It has come to our attention that our 2002 Research Brief, "Marriage from a Child's Perspective: How does Family Structure Affect Children, and What Can We do about It?" has been referenced in testimony submitted for the upcoming Convention on the subject of same-sex marriage.
We would like to submit to the Convention proceedings the following note about this research:
This Child Trends brief summarizes research conducted prior to 2002, when neither
same-sex parents nor adopted parents were identified in large national surveys.
Therefore, no conclusions can be drawn from this research about the well-being of
children raised by same-sex partners or adoptive parents.
Please note that the paragraph above precedes the brief on our website.
Child Trends has a 30-year history of providing credible research to the U.S. government, state governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations. We are guided only by the findings of our research, and not aligned on either end of the political spectrum. We trust any review of our 2002 report on Family Structure and Children will take into account the scope of the research and not be misconstrued to advance one side or another of the same-sex marriage issue.
Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D.