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Gay marriage

I still do not understand why you deleted those arguments. It is normal that there are more studies that contradict each other, but that doesn't mean that the argument as such is invalid. Neither would it be invalid if some authority denied it, because the whole point of debating is looking at both sides all the time and explaining data and statistics, instead of blindly relying on them. Don't you think?

Lenka, 17:46, 30th May 2010

You do not underestand. There is none study contradicting other: "No credible empirical research suggests otherwise. The specific research studies typically cited in this regard do not address parents’ sexual orientation, however, and therefore do not permit any conclusions to be drawn about the consequences of having heterosexual versus nonheterosexual parents, or two parents who are of the same versus different genders." http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf You simply cannot imply results of research on opposite-sex parents to same-sex family, since it is illogical and lead to invalid arguments. --Destinero 01:35, 1 June 2010 (EDT)

Welcome and deletion policy

Hi Destinero and welcome to the community. Yeah, I had to rollback your deletion of the arguments on the Debate: Gay marriage article. It's fine that you disagree with the argument and think that it's invalid, but others think that the argument is valid. You need to flush out your disagreement through a counter-argument that describes why you think the other argument is invalid. In some cases, there are wholly invalid arguments that are entirely factually inaccurate, but this is not one of them, as it is a matter of opinion as to whether biological parents may be better parents. -- Brooks Lindsay (Talk) 12:47, 1 June 2010 (EDT)

Sorry, this is big misunderstanding. You cannot use arguments like "Children do better when raised by biological parents" since they are based on studies comparing households of heterosexual parents with one parent or none parent and therefore do not permit any conclusions to be drawn about the consequences of having heterosexual versus nonheterosexual parents, or two parents who are of the same versus different genders. 30 years of scientific research is very reliable and conclusive here as can be seen by multiple resolutions of main expert associations and peer-reviewed analyses. And this is the reason why the lies and propaganda of religious and political bodies desinterpreting research have to be removed. --Destinero 16:07, 1 June 2010 (EDT)

Some more comments

Your edits and arguments, though, are generally very good. Don't be turned off by our deletion policies. We hope you'll stick around. We could really use your clearly strong editorial abilities. -- Brooks Lindsay (Talk) 12:57, 1 June 2010 (EDT)

Comments

I've reverted your deletion of argument-quotations once again. I don't disagree with your comments, but your employing the wrong tactics here. All arguments and quotations on Debatepedia.org are inherently considered refutable. So, refute them with counter-arguments, as you've done in large part on the section under concern. Don't delete quotations on an argument page and replace them with counter-argument quotations on that argument page. That's not how we display arguments and counter-arguments. And, the two arguments under consideration are not just a matter of scientific study (as these studies will always be imperfect), but of pure subjective opinion (which means they have a place on Debatepedia.org no matter what the 'science'). -- Brooks Lindsay (Talk) 19:03, 1 June 2010 (EDT)

Firstly, you should get familiar of the Debatepedia Editing and Sources and referencing policies. Then you find you can not revert the invalid arguments and clear fallacies (The functioning of children in intact families with heterosexual parents compared to those children raised by a single parent following divorce or death of a spouse without including studies that compare the functioning of children raised by heterosexual couples with the functioning of children raised by same-sex couples. In this group of studies, any differences observed are more accurately attributable to the effects of death or divorce, and/or to the effects of living with a single parent, rather than to parents’ sexual orientation. These studies do not tell us that the children of same-sex parents in an intact relationship fair worse than the children of opposite-sex parents in an intact relationship.) based on unreliable sources (not autoritative, since they are not peer-reviwed; not accurate, since they don't cite relevant sources; questionable, since there is no editorial oversight or fact-checking process or with a poor reputation for fact-checking. They express views that are widely acknowledged as fringe or extremist, are promotional in nature and rely heavily on rumors and personal opinions; self published, since there is any form of fact-checking, legal scrutiny, or peer review) mis-interpreting the findings of psychological research to support their positions.

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Following Gibaldi's categories, one should be aware of the following key qualities when evaluating a reference source as reliable:

  • Authority: Is the journal, book, or website peer-reviewed? Who is the author(s)? Who are the editor(s)? In the MLA Handbook for Writers, Gibaldi explains: "In peer review, publishers seek the advice of expert readers, or referees, before considering a manuscript for publication" (42-42). Does the source come from a reputable (print or web) publisher or sponsor organization? Or, is it simply information from a self-publisher or a private blog? In general, some level of peer review or peer editing from a respectable institution helps add authority to a reference source. To assess quality websites, check out the source of the site, how field specific the publisher or organization is, and check to see how often their information is checked and updated.
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--Destinero 03:04, 2 June 2010 (EDT)

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