American Psychological Association Votes Unanimously To Support Gay Marriage

Belying recent press coverage of pseudoscientific ex-gay therapy, the American Psychological Association voted unanimously 157–0 to support marriage equity as “the policy that the country should be moving toward.” The world’s largest organization of psychologists with over 154,000 members, the APA has previously endorsed full equal rights for LGBT citizens but took its position a step further with last night’s resolution, citing numerous studies supporting the stability of homosexual relationships. It also criticized recent efforts to ban same-sex marriage, adding 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.”

Sarah Bufkin