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Question #81703 posted on 03/26/2015 3:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/17/dear-gay-community-your-kids-are-hurting/

This link has been making its way around social media lately. I'm curious for the perspective of those who support and oppose gay marriage. What do you think about this?

-Reader

A:

Dear Hera,

I support traditional marriage, but I didn't think that article gave very good reasons for it. The author's biggest point is that she missed her father—but so did I, since I grew up in a single parent home with my mom. That experience doesn't really make her argument stand out. I know that her letter wasn't meant to be a comprehensive study on the subject, but as a personal story it's not really that compelling for me either.

-Owlet

A:

Dear reader,

Here's the thing. The article you mention is anecdotal evidence. And if we're going to give weight to one example of anecdotal evidence, we have to give equal weight to another example of anecdotal evidence with the opposite conclusion. Personally, I'd much rather see a study with a sufficiently large sample size and well-defined parameters.

All things considered, I think that article falls into the category of things that people share because they agree with the conclusion, not necessarily because the reasons it gives for reaching that conclusion are stunning or convincing to someone who doesn't agree.

-yayfulness