The policymaking body of the American Psychological Association (APA) unanimously approved the resolution 157-0 on the eve of the group’s annual convention, which opens here today.
The group, with more than 154,000 members, has long supported full equal rights for gays, based on social science research on sexual orientation. Now the nation’s psychologists — citing an increasing body of research about same-sex marriage, as well as increased discussion at the state and federal levels — took the support to a new level.
“Now as the country has really begun to have experience with gay marriage, our position is much clearer and more straightforward — that marriage equity is the policy that the country should be moving toward,” says Clinton Anderson, director of APA’s Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.
The APA is the largest psychological organization in the world, and their vote of confidence in same-sex marriage is no small potatoes. As readers of Unicorn Booty surely know, civil debate about homosexuality is far too often dominated with religious excuses for bigotry. This move by the APA will go a long way in grounding the conversation where it belongs – in fact.
Because the facts don’t lie. The APA cited the fact that “emerging evidence suggests that statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage are a significant source of stress to the lesbian, gay and bisexual residents of those states and may have negative effects on their psychological well-being” and that gay and lesbian couples absolutely do strive for stable, loving marriages.
Thanks for having our backs, docs!
(via USA Today)