“Same-sex couples form deep emotional attachments and commitments. Heterosexual and same-sex couples alike face similar issues concerning intimacy, love, equity, loyalty and stability, and they go through similar processes to address those issues.” This statement, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, comes from the American Psychological Association (APA).
APA President Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, called the decision “a triumph for social science and recognition of the basic dignity of all American citizens.”
Much of the argument against same-sex marriage, especially where children are concerned, is based on pure emotion. However, briefs filed by APA determined, “There is no scientific basis for concluding that gay and lesbian parents are any less fit or capable than heterosexual parents, or that their children are any less psychologically healthy and well-adjusted.”
For those who believe same-sex marriage is a threat to heterosexual marriage, a study published in Plos One earlier this year found that, “Such claims do not appear credible in the face of the existing evidence, and we conclude that rates of opposite sex marriages are not affected by legalization of same sex civil unions or same sex marriages.”
I, for one, fail to see how my heterosexual marriage could be threatened by the recognition of same-sex marriage. I was always offended by DOMA and the insinuation that my marriage needs defending from same-sex couples. Equal rights under the law — that’s what needs defending.
The latest ruling means same-sex married couples will now have access to a host of benefits that were previously denied them. As Care2 writer Steve Williams points out, what the “ruling does not change is DOMA Section 2′s effects, language that says states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages carried out in other states.” We’re not quite there yet.
“Those who argued against marriage equality will likely remain steadfast against the inevitability of what is coming, and continue to provide rationalization as to why it just shouldn’t be so,” says Care2′s Eric Steinman. He’s right. They will. But the tide is turning.
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