American Psychological Association Policymaking Body Votes 157-0 to Support Marriage Equality

In a move that a leading sociologist on the subject says "is significant for the ongoing public policy and legal battles in Washington and around the states," the policymaking body of the American Psychological Association has unanimously (157-0) approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, USA Today reports:

Apa 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…

…The resolution points to numerous recent studies, including findings that "many gay men and lesbians, like their heterosexual counterparts, desire to form stable, long-lasting and committed intimate relationships and are successful in doing so."

It adds 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."

Citing New Research, Psychology Group Supports Gay Marriage [usa today]


  1. Joe says

    Ya like how takes 157, would assume intelligent, sociologists to state the obvious.
    On side side note always glade for the support to help things change.

  2. homoDM says

    Wasn’t someone just accusing psychologists of “dissecting” gay people and implying it was somehow wrong to conduct research on attitudes about one’s gay identity and Mormon identity?

    Those evil psychologists!

  3. K says

    I don’t think it will change attitudes at all. Bigots don’t care about evidence. But this is a nice gesture of support. Like the Supreme Court, the APA is never ahead public opinion. They come around equally eventually, though.

  4. HT says

    This is great, and pretty significant. This is the policy making body of APA, its Council of Representatives. They’re elected or appointed as stewards of the Association and vote on its policies and priorities. To not have a dissenting vote among them on a topic so important is terrific.

  5. TJ says

    “Bigots don’t care about evidence” – truer words…

    Reading comments in an issue of CAMFT’s “Therapist” journal a while ago, I was saddened by the number of therapists who wrote in, often with religious rationales, to defend their bigotry against homosexuality. One even noted, sarcastically, about how the defenders of same-sex orientation always seemed to rely on statistics, as if all the studies in the world ought not trump a belief system. I can only hope therapists like him are ethical enough to send gay clients elsewhere. But if licensed professionals feel this way, despite the ethical guidelines of their chosen profession, I guess there are no guarantees.

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