Last updated on: 3/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

American Psychological Association Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Research has shown that marriage provides substantial psychological and physical health benefits due to the moral, economic and social support extended to married couples. Conversely, recent empirical evidence has illustrated the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples. Additionally, children raised by same-sex couples have been shown to be on par with the children of opposite-sex couples in their psychological adjustment, cognitive abilities and social functioning.”

“American Psychological Association Reiterates Support for Same-sex Marriage,” apa.org, Aug. 11, 2010

Description:

“Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.”

“About APA,” apa.org (accessed Mar. 10, 2011)

Mission:

“The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people‚Äôs lives.”

“About APA,” apa.org (accessed Mar. 10, 2011)

Other:
Scientific and professional organization
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?