"Do it for the kids," indeed
Brandon Janes set off a flurry of "Vote No" letters to the editor with his letter in the UW-Platteville Exponent: "I know, for example, that many decades of research have led to the conclusion that, as a general rule, children do best in an environment that includes a mother and a father. [Vote Yes] for the real reason this amendment has been put to a vote, to protect marriage. Marriage between a man and a woman as God (or nature if you wish) intended."
Jordan O'Connell, a student replied: “The research he cites simply does not exist .. Faith is a beautiful thing, but it is not a substitute for fact, no matter how strong that faith is. When we allow faith to guide public policy in the absence of fact (or, more often posing as fact), we often see disaster”
Rea Kirk, Assoc Prof of the School of Education, replied: “I fail to see how denial of rights of others can strengthen a marriage. A marriage is neither threatened nor strengthened by other people’s relationships.”
Elizabeth Gates, Chair of the Dept of Psychology, replied: “Decades of research on this issue support the finding that children raised by same-sex parents are psychologically healthy and well-adjusted … In my opinion, the support of the gay marriage amendment is discriminatory, hateful and wrong. I will be voting no on Nov. 7.”
Blake Greisinger, a senior in Technical Education, replied: “Engage in political rhetoric! Let your voice be heard! Stand up for what you believe in! But please don’t insult the campus community and myself by flat out lying to us … There is no research that makes such claims. According to the American Psychological Association, “not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.”
Regina Pauly, Director of the Instructional Materials Library, summed it up nicely when she replied: “Perhaps Mr. Janes should do a little research before he starts spreading myths … I urge all voters to vote no on this amendment to the constitution. Do you really want to place discrimination into Wisconsin’s constitution? Let us practice love instead of fear.”