How far we have come: an organization that once famously pathologized gay and lesbian development has now issued a ringing endorsement of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, in which gay marriage equality became the law of the land:
"Marriage has a profound psychological benefit for married individuals and their families," said Mark Smaller, Ph.D., president of the American Psychoanalytic Association. "That is why in 2012, our organization issued a position statement opposing discrimination in civil marriage to same-sex and same-gender couples. Today, we are celebrating this momentous decision and in awe of all the courageous couples, advocates and leaders who helped get us to this historic day."
As strong advocates of LGBT civil rights, we are overjoyed to see that so many of our patients and our psychotherapists will be able to marry those they love anywhere in the U.S.
But it hardly detracts from our mission to continue focusing on the issues that LGBT youths and adults face. As a culture, we still have a ways to go in battling the many varieties of discrimination and confusion that still surround gender identity and sexual orientation.