Press Room

July 28, 2004


HRC Lauds American Psychological Association’s Endorsement of Marriage Equality

'The APA understands that marriage is just as good for our families as it is for others,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques lauded yesterday's American Psychological Association's endorsement of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

"The APA understands that marriage is just as good for our families as it is for others," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Based on years of research, the group has found that the well-being of a child is unrelated to sexual orientation. In fact, the difference between parents like myself and my partner and opposite-sex parents is that we don't have the rights and protections of marriage while others do. This statement makes clear that there's no sound reason for any disparity."

The APA is the nation's largest association of psychologists. The group also expressed opposition to discrimination against gay and lesbian parents.

More supportive statements by the nation's leading child welfare, psychological and children's health organizations are available in the Parenting section of

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.