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Psychoanalysts Censure California's Vote to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) denounces the election results in California that supported Proposition 8, a ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage in the state. In keeping with its overall support of social justice, APsaA issued a position statement earlier this year supporting the legal recognition of same-sex civil marriage while opposing discrimination against same-sex couples. For the full text of the APsaA Marriage Resolution, please visit: 470/Default.aspx.

APsaA President-elect and Pasadena, CA resident Warren Procci, M.D. remarks: "These ballot propositions such as California's Proposition 8, deny to gay individuals the rights to freedom of choice of partner in marriage as well as access to equal protection which is granted to all of us by our constitution. These denials are based solely on an individual's sexual orientation."

"We want people to think about the broad impact the denial of same-sex marriage has on Americans today," says psychoanalyst Ethan Grumbach, Ph.D., a Los Angeles resident and chair of APsaA's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. "Families exist in many different ways and it is important for same-sex couples to have legal and societal recognition of their unions for themselves, their children, and their extended families. Research continues to demonstrate the stigmatization and discrimination to which same sex couples and families are subjected is traumatizing and damaging to their health."

APsaA's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues has reviewed extensive research on homosexual relationships and gay and lesbian parents and their children prior to issuing its Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Some relevant statistics and research results are:

-- The Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of 2001 found that 68 percent of

lesbians and gays considered lesbian and gay marriage to be very

important and 25 percent considered it to be somewhat important.

-- According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 34 percent of cohabitating female

couples and 22 percent of male couples were raising children under the

age of 18.

-- In a 2006 paper, Charlotte Patterson, Ph.D., renowned researcher and

professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, concluded,

"Results of the research (of various population samples of lesbian

and gay families) suggest that qualities of family relationships are

more tightly linked with child (development) outcomes than is parental

sexual orientation."

In addition, APsaA's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues is currently developing a proposed position statement on the United States' military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States and is comprised of approximately 3,300 members.

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