One week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the controversial issue, the oldest medical journal in the U.S. has taken an editorial position in support of same-sex marriage.
The New England Journal of Medicine, published since 1812, today called on the court to rule on behalf of same-sex marriage advocates, saying to do so is “a matter of justice” and “a measure that promotes health.”
“A fundamental tenet of all medical care is the acceptance of patients as they are, for who they are, with respect and without prejudice or personal agendas,” read the editorial.
“Medicine and psychiatry once saw homosexuality as deviant behavior and produced many baseless, foolish theories to explain it. Until 1987, it was included (albeit increasingly less prominently) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. And there are still health-care providers who offer ways to ‘treat’ homosexuality as if it were an illness.”
This move to endorse what have been the political demands of militant-homosexual activists would come as no surprise to Dr. Nicholas Cummings.
Cummings, who served as president of the American Psychological Association from 1979 to 1980 and who first introduced the motion to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1975, has noted the capture of APA by “ultraliberals” beholden to the “gay-rights movement.”
The former chief of mental health with the Kaiser-Permanente Health Maintenance Organization and author of the book “Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm,” said it is no longer possible to have an open, academic debate among professionals on reparative therapy for homosexuality.
Indeed, reparative therapy, or conversion therapy – treatment of unwanted same-sex attraction as something that can be changed – has been targeted by homosexual activists, successfully outlawing it in California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, with ongoing attempts in 15 other states.
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APA “started changing pretty drastically by the late 1980s,” said Cummings. “By the mid-1990s, the … principle was absolutely forgotten, that political stances seemed to override any scientific results. Cherry-picking results became the mode. The ‘gay’-rights movement sort of captured the APA.”
Now it appears similar inroads have been made into the New England Journal.
While the NEJM editorial linked “harmful consequences for health” with denial of “more than 1,000 federal benefits … conferred by marriage,” the editorial writers did not address the health effects on business owners forced to provide services that violate deeply held religious beliefs under threat of law or financial ruin.