It’s Time to Put Aside Our Fears
This month The American Psychological Association took its strongest stand supporting full marriage equity for gay and lesbian couples.
The policymaking body of the APA approved the resolution 157-0 at this year’s national convention in Washington, D.C. Clinton Anderson, director of the Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, says, “Now as the country has really begun to have experience with gay marriage, our position is much clearer and more straightforward — that marriage equity is the policy the country should be moving toward.”
This resolution cites recent studies that “many gay men and lesbians, like their heterosexual counterparts, desire to form stable, long-lasting and committed intimate relationships and are successfully doing so.”
It goes on to say, “Emerging evidence suggests that statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage are a significant source of stress to the lesbian, bisexual residents of those states and may have negative effects on their psychological well-being.”
I’m amazed that we ignore the obvious — when anyone is marginalized and legislatively restricted, it affects his/her emotional well-being. Since when does rejection ever promote mental health?
The N.C. Legislature is attempting to enact House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106 stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is my hope and prayer that our state legislators, particularly Jamie Boles and Harrison Blake, will oppose such legislation.
It’s un-American to restrict the rights of our citizens. It’s ludicrous to think that marriage equity hurts marriage and creates a moral vacuum.
If you agree it is time to stop the un-American practice of marriage discrimination, urge our local legislators to vote against such archaic practices. Let’s put aside our fears and do what America stands for — provide “liberty and justice for all.”
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