"Affidavit of Steven Lowell Nock," Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Steven Nock, evaluates the scientific literature concerning the effect of legal recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples cited in previous evidence before the Ontario court. Professor Nock’s book, Marriage in Men’s Lives, received an award for the most outstanding contribution to family scholarship.

iStock_88577795_SMALL.jpgProfessor Nock’s affidavit outlines the principles of sound social science research methodology, including the characteristics of good research design and the pitfalls which result from a failure to apply proper design techniques. Professor Nock evaluates the various studies on same-sex parenting using those principles, and concludes that all of the articles reviewed contained at least one fatal flaw of design or execution, and not a single study was conducted according to generally accepted standards of scientific research.

Read the affidavit here.

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