John M. Becker

Regnerus Denies Creating Videos for Vatican Conference

Filed By John M. Becker | November 24, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Catholic Church, Catholicism, gay marriage, Humanum, Mark Regnerus, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Vatican

mark_regnerus (2).jpgLast week, the Vatican convened a meeting of anti-LGBT faith leaders from around the world to discuss marriage discrimination. Attendees included such high-profile anti-gay activists as Rick Warren, Russell Moore, Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, and Maggie Gallagher. No LGBT people or representatives of LGBT groups were invited to attend.

The conference, billed as an "International Interreligious Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman," focused -- as expected -- on supporting marriage discrimination. ThinkProgress reports that that support was mostly justified by pointing to outdated gender roles:

The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together -- and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told the conference that spouses are not interchangeable. "We are not created as 'spouse A' and 'spouse B,'" he insisted, "but as man and as woman, and in marriage as husband and as wife, in parenting as mother and as father. Masculinity and femininity are not aspects of the fallen order to be overcome, but are instead part of what God declared from the beginning to be 'very good.'"

These messages were reinforced by a six-part series of official videos that were shown at the conference and posted to YouTube. (I've included them after the break if you feel like checking them out.) Baptist writer and activist Denny Burk caused a stir last week when he attributed them to Mark Regnerus, the conservative sociologist behind the discredited New Family Structures Study (a junk-science hit piece that falsely claims that children of same-sex couples do worse than children raised by opposite-sex couples).

But in a statement emailed to The Bilerico Project, Regnerus (pictured above) denies creating the videos. "I didn't create the videos for this project," Regnerus writes, "as much as I would like to take credit." Burk has removed the sentence attributing the videos to Regnerus from his website.

But as blogger Jeremy Hooper points out, Regnerus mentioned in a September 17 interview that he'd just returned "from a long series of filming for several short videos" in Lebanon, Nigeria, Paris, and Mexico. I've followed up with Regnerus to clarify whether or not he was referring to a different series of videos and will update the post if I hear back.

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