Monday, May 23, 2005


From the AP:

Representatives of the nation’s top psychiatric group approved a statement Sunday urging legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

If approved by the association’s directors in July, the measure would make the American Psychiatric Association the first major medical group to take such a stance.


The psychiatric association’s statement was approved by voice vote on the first day of its weeklong annual meeting in Atlanta. It cites the “positive influence of a stable, adult partnership on the health of all family members.”

The resolution recognizes “that gay men and lesbians are full human beings who should be afforded the same human and civil rights,” said Margery Sved, a Raleigh, N.C., psychiatrist and member of the assembly’s committee on gay and lesbian issues.

The document states that the association is addressing same-sex civil marriage, not religious marriages. It takes no position on any religion’s views on marriage.

You can expect some people in need of psychiatric assistance to object to this resolution, but nevertheless it’s one more stab at the dragon.