An Orlando judge has just ruled that the University of Central Florida does not have to disclose records related to the peer review and publication of the discredited and dangerous Regnerus "study" that falsely claimed gays and lesbians make inferior parents.
Judge John Marshall Kest (right) found that, despite the fact that the journal Social Science Research was housed at UCF; the university granted UCF use of its computers, servers, pass-through networks, email addresses, and office supplies; the university paid Dr. Wright's journal-related travel expenses; and UCF awarded full assistantships and tuition waivers to grad students to work solely on the journal, a sufficient distance exists between the university and the journal to exempt the journal-related records held by UCF from Florida's extensive Sunshine Law.
Of course, my attorneys and I plan to appeal.
Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign, which is funding my lawsuit:
"Today's decision unwisely places government secrecy and private corporate interests above the public's right to transparency and open government," said plaintiff John Becker. "The public deserves to know the truth behind Regnerus's dangerous junk-science 'study,' and we will vigorously appeal today's ruling so that the truth can at last come out."
"It would be one thing if the Regnerus study was merely junk science that sits on a shelf, but it is doing harm to our children and our families," said Ellen Kahn, M.S.S, of the Human Rights Campaign. "Because of today's ruling, the dark cloud that has lingered over the sham study since 2012 will continue to mask hate and hide how this study was funded and conceived."
A copy of today's ruling is after the jump.