Sunday, March 16, 2008

Psychoanalysts' Organization Backs Same-Sex Marriage

From The Advocate:

The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) announced Wednesday that it supports the legalization of same-sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples, according to a press release.

The APsaA, a professional organization composed of over 3,500 psychoanalysts in the United States, has accumulated research over the past eight years on LGBT families raising children that it says debunks previously inaccurate scientific testimony.

Charlotte Patterson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, has researched the development of children raised by same-sex parents. In 2006 she wrote that the results of the research of various population samples of lesbian and gay families "suggest that qualities of family relationships are more tightly linked with child [development] outcomes than is parental sexual orientation."

Read the rest of the article at the link given above. So we have evidence that suggests being gay can have something to do with hormone levels before birth at, and now we have the APA saying that gay marriage is a healthy part of social evolution. Perhaps soon we can put down the stereotypes and begin looking at each other as individuals who are afforded respect based on merit. This support is a huge step in the right direction when trying to dispell misinformation from people like James Dobson and others like him that would use misrepresentations. People are starting to question the validity of the fears conservatives accuse against the GLBT community. It's good to see America waking from it's slumber.

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