American Psychologist Association Report – Children of same sex couples able to cope and flourish as well as other children; it is discrimination in society against lesbian & gay parents which affect children

8 Jan 2010

MarriagEquality is delighted to see an article in this month's Irish Psychologist referring to news from the American Psychological Association regarding the removal of the marriage ban in Iowa for same-sex couples.

Dr Gregory Herek, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis, one of the main authors of a research review which helped remove the ban found that "...the children of same-sex couples were able to cope and flourish as well as other children, but that it was discrimination in society against the gay parents which affected their children."

The APA reported that entitling same sex couples to become married would allow these couples and parents to have access to the benefits of marriage.

"The APA believes that is unfair and discriminatory to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage and to all its attendant benefits, rights and privileges."