Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"For young people coming out, which is about 5 to 15 percent of the overall U.S. population, the presence of role models who have equal status via marriage in society has significant meaning both internally and socially and has potential for reducing their isolation [and] sense of stigma that gay teens face in their everyday lives. And I point out here the data on suicide among gay and lesbian teens which is about three times that of the general teenage population.
Same-sex marriages provide stability for couples in terms of public acknowledgment of their commitment and provide legitimacy for the children being raised by gay and lesbian parents.
Nothing is more basic from a mental health perspective to happiness and liberty than the right to love another human being with the same privileges and responsibilities as everyone else."
New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, "The Legal, Medical, Economic & Social Consequences of New Jersey's Civil Union Law," www.state.nj.us, Dec. 10, 2008
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Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School