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American Medical Association Makes Case for Ending Marriage Discrimination

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.

Testimony: Nancy F. Cott Defends Equal Marriage Rights

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.

Survey Finds Growing Acceptance of Gay Families

A new survey finds a majority of Americans have widened their view of what constitutes a family to include same-sex couples with children.

US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological Adjustment of Adolescents

This report shows that adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment.

Parenting and child development in adoptive families

A study from University of Virginia and George Washington University scholars concluding that parenting quality, not sexual orientation, determines the healthy development of children.

Findings from Polling on Ballot Measures Regarding Same-Sex Couples

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.

American Fertility Association Supports Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

The AFA position statement in support of the freedom to marry.

Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy

This study explores how gay father who become parents through surrogacy experience the transition to parenthood.

Compendium of Social Science Research on Gay Headed Families

A short list of social science articles on the impact of a parent's sexual orientation on the development of children.

Policy reviews with references

Compendium of policy statements by national health organizations

Marriage amendments and psychological distress in LGB adults

A study finding that lesbian, gay and bisexual adults experience acute psychological stress when anti-gay "marriage amendments" are on the ballot.

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments Spark Psychological Distress Among GLBT Adults and Their Families

Study of psychological impact of anti-gay amendments on gay couples and families

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (IX)

Letter to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee supporting the freedom to marry.

American Psychoanalytic Association Position Statement in Support of Marriage Equality

The Effect of Marriage Equality and Domestic Partnership on Business and the Economy

Analysis of health impacts arising from inequal treatment by companies due to exclusion from marriage.

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