The American Psychological Association Resolution On Same-Sex Marriage And Parenting Is A Blatant Example Of Politics Taking Priority Over Objective Studies

Jul 29, 2004

Honolulu, HI – In total disregard for expert studies demonstrating the harm to society and to children, the American Psychological Association (“APA”) issued resolutions today supporting same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting. The resolution reaches the shocking conclusion that there is no evidence whatsoever that civilization or social order depends on marriage remaining exclusively a heterosexual institution. The APA has obviously ignored the destruction of the family taking place in Scandinavia.

The resolution relies on false assumptions that same-sex couples maintain long-term, monogamous relationships, suffer economic disadvantages and are victims of hate crimes. However, a 1997 study reveals that only 2.7% of male homosexuals claimed to have only one partner, with nearly 25% reporting that they had had 101 to 500 different partners. Leading homosexual publications speak of “open relationships” being the norm, particularly within the male homosexual community. Recent economic studies also show that far from suffering economic disadvantage, homosexual couples, on average, earn more than their heterosexual counterparts. Nor do U.S. crime statistics support the APA’s claim that homosexuals are at great risk of becoming victims of hate crimes. For example, FBI statistics show that in 1999, only three of 18,000 homicides were based on the victim’s “sexual orientation.” By far, the most vulnerable class of crime victims are young, black men, not homosexuals as the APA would have us believe. Nevertheless, to show its support for the homosexual agenda of gaining full acceptance for the homosexual lifestyle, the APA pledges to take a leadership role in opposing all discrimination in the granting of marriage and marital benefits to same-sex couples. The resolution also encourages psychologists to eliminate all discrimination against same-sex couples in their practice, research, education and training. In other words, the APA wants to silence the truth about homosexuality – in particular, studies and reports from NARTH that demonstrate the falsity of what the APA is putting out to the public about homosexuality. NARTH was formed by psychologists and psychiatrists who opposed the politicized agenda of the APA on the issue of homosexuality.

The resolution supporting same-sex parenting is even more flawed. The APA states that results of research “suggest” that the development, adjustment and well-being of children raised in same-sex households is no different than that of children raised by a mother and a father. However, most objective researchers are of the opinion that the current studies are inconclusive. What they do show, however, is that girls raised in a lesbian home are far more likely to engage in sex earlier and more often than those raised by a mom and a dad. Yet, the APA appears willing to put our children at risk of emotional and psychological (if not, physical) harm without any concrete evidence to support their political agenda. There are thousands of studies that conclude children do best in every measurable category when raised with a mom and a dad.

Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, stated: “The American Psychological Association has shed its professional charter to become a political machine. Thousands of studies have reached the obvious conclusion – that children fare best in every measurable category when raised by a mom and a dad. Gender does matter to children. The APA’s position on homosexuality flies in the face of common sense, ignores the social science research, and will hurt children."