American Psychological Association Unanimously Confirms Support for the Freedom to Marry

8/4/2011

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(New York, NY, August 4, 2011) – On the eve of its annual convention starting today, the policymaking body of the American Psychological Association (APA) voted unanimously, in a 157-0 vote, to pass a resolution reaffirming its support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and again calling for an end to marriage discrimination, citing a mounting body of unrefuted evidence showing the psychological harms to gay and lesbian people when denied marriage.

“The American Psychological Association represents over 100,000 medical professionals who see day in and day out the real harms gay and lesbian people and their families experience when denied the freedom to marry,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry. “With the freedom to marry in 12 countries on four continents, and most recently New York joining 5 other states plus the District of Columbia in ending exclusion from marriage, there is a mountain of unrefuted evidence and experience showing that extending the freedom to marry to loving, committed same-sex couples helps them and their families while hurting no one. Based on the evidence, the APA, like every other professional medical, scientific, child-welfare, and social science organization, is calling for an end to the unfair exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage and its crucial meanings to familes, including the safety-net it brings to couples and their kids.”

The APA has been part of 11 amicus briefs filed in cases seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples since it passed a resolution in 2004 in support of the freedom to marry.

Wolfson recently testified before Congress on behalf of Freedom to Marry, urging passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. He cited the “mountain of evidence” and pointed to the other leading organizations supporting the freedom to marry, which include, most recently, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The testimony can be found at http://freedomtomarry.org/WolfsonTestimony, and the list here: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/communities/entry/c/science-medicine-social-sciences.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.