I’m not sure how much effect this will have but I have my fingers crossed that it is a sign of things to come. The American Psychological Association (APA) now supports marriage equality. It’s only eight years behind the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) but it’s timing is excellent. As Republican candidates commit their political hopes on pledging to discriminate against a segment of American society the policy-making body of the this learned body unanimously approved the resolution to support same-sex marriage.
My politics are liberal so I’m hoping the Republican party goes down in flames in the next election. This is one subject these people should have have steered clear away from. With the issues of the economy, health-care, social security, and education the very last concern on these politician’s minds should be the denial of equality to gays and lesbians.
Romney, Bachmann and Santorum have all signed a pledge by the Iowa Family Leader stating “gay men are a public health risk, that gay parents are inferior to straight parents, and that homosexuality is a choice.” I guess Romney’s statement “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern” is out the window now. Although Pawlenty is against gay marriage at least he’s had the sense to stay away from this pledge.
Just a note: The opinion about gay parents being inferior to straight parents differs from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“The American Academy of Pediatrics clearly states in the February 2002 edition of its journal, that children raised in a homoparental environment develop just as well as those raised in a heteroparental environment.”
And another note from the American Psychological Association: The statement about homosexuality being a choice is a clear denial of the facts:
Is sexual orientation a choice?
No, human beings cannot choose to be either gay or straight. For mostpeople, sexual orientation emerges in early adolescence without anyprior sexual experience. Although we can choose whether to act on ourfeelings, psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be aconscious choice that can be voluntarily changed.
You have to love the credibility of these politicians.
Still, I’m very happy the APA is taking the stand that is has. I’m just curious how the Republican party candidates are going to spin this. I suppose they could just ignore it but I’m not sure it would be a wise move because I don’t think the media will let them. At any rate, it gives Barack one more barb to use in his speeches.
It’s going to be entertaining,
Marriage of Same-Sex Couples – 2006 Position Statement – Canadian Psychological Association
American Psychological Association – Sexual orientation and homosexuality