Resources Related to Science, Medicine, and Social Sciences
With New York State now the sixth – and largest – state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy position declaring that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is “discriminatory” and reaffirming existing AMA policy to support relationship recognition of gay and lesbian couples as a means of addressing health disparities faced by those couples and their families.
An article adapted from Harvard Professor Nancy F. Cott’s expert report submitted in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
A new survey finds a majority of Americans have widened their view of what constitutes a family to include same-sex couples with children.
This report shows that adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment.
A study from University of Virginia and George Washington University scholars concluding that parenting quality, not sexual orientation, determines the healthy development of children.
This study shows that strong public education and personal conversations are necessary to change minds about marriage, and that campaigns are ineffective at convincing people to support marriage.
The AFA position statement in support of the freedom to marry.
This study explores how gay father who become parents through surrogacy experience the transition to parenthood.
A short list of social science articles on the impact of a parent's sexual orientation on the development of children.
Compendium of policy statements by national health organizations
A study finding that lesbian, gay and bisexual adults experience acute psychological stress when anti-gay "marriage amendments" are on the ballot.
Study of psychological impact of anti-gay amendments on gay couples and families
Letter to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee supporting the freedom to marry.
Analysis of health impacts arising from inequal treatment by companies due to exclusion from marriage.