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American Psychological Association Passes Resolution Supporting Full Marriage Equality

In yet another public statement in support of LGBT equality, the policy making body of the American Psychological Association (APA), the world's largest organization of psychologists, unanimously (157-0) passed a resolution supporting full marriage equality for same-sex couples.  The resolution states that "many gay men and lesbians, like their heterosexual counterparts, desire to form stable, long-lasting and committed intimate relationships and are successful in doing so." 

The unanimous passage of a resolution in support of full marriage equality shows once again that equality under the law is not only inherently right, but will also benefit the health of LGBT Americans.  Marriage equality will strengthen families, and in doing so, will make for stable communities.

This is not the first time the APA has weighed in on issues affecting the LGBT community.  In 2009, the organization released a report on so-called "reparative therapy," concluding that efforts to change one's sexual orientation are not only unlikely to be successful, but may also cause harm and mental anguish.  In October 2010, a representative of the APA joined HRC in condmeing the dangerous remarks of a high-ranking official in the LDS Church, who called same-sex attraction “impure and unnatural,” claiming that it can be corrected and characterizing same-sex marriage as immoral.   The APA also supports second parent adoption for same-sex couples.

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