U.S. psychologists embrace same-sex marriage

By WND Staff

The American Psychological Association – which a few years back came under fire for promoting adult-child sex in its peer-reviewed journal – has endorsed homosexual “marriage” at its annual convention.


Photo on American Psychological Association’s website

“Prohibiting civil marriage for same-sex couples is discriminatory and unfairly denies such couples, their children and other members of their families the legal, financial and social advantages of civil marriage,” according to a resolution adopted by the APA’s Council of Representatives Wednesday.

“The APA also opposed discrimination against lesbian or gay parents adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care and reproductive health services,” said the group’s news release.

Condemnation was swift and strong.

“The APA does whatever the radical homosexual lobby tells it to do,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, according to a Baptist Press account. “It’s nothing more than a professional lobbying group for the radical homosexual lobby.”

According to Bill Maier, vice president of Focus on the Family and himself a clinical psychologist, the psychological association’s Council of Representatives concluded that the desires of a tiny minority of the population “are more important than the best interests of America’s children,” said the Baptist Press.

“Every responsible psychologist in the APA should be ashamed; the organization is obviously more concerned with appeasing its powerful gay lobby than it is with retaining any semblance of moral and ethical duty,” he added.

In its news release, the APA explained that its positions on same-sex “marriage” as well as homosexuals’ child-custody rights were the result of deliberations by its Working Group on Same-Sex Families and Relationships.

The seven-member panel of psychologists, appointed by the APA Council of Representatives in February, include: Armand Cerbone, Ph.D., Chicago; Beverly Greene, Ph.D., St. John’s University; Kristin Hancock, Ph.D., Graduate School of Professional Psychology at John F. Kennedy University; Lawrence A. Kurdek, Ph.D., Wright State University; Candace A. McCullough, Ph.D., Bethesda, Md.; and Letitia Anne Peplau, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

According to the APA, qualifications for the working group members are “a combination of both scientific expertise in family and couple relations and professional expertise with lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations.”

The working group “summarized the research that discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation detrimentally affects the psychological, physical, social and economic well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals, that same-sex couples are remarkably similar to heterosexual couples, and that parenting effectiveness and the adjustment, development and psychological well-being of children is unrelated to parental sexual orientation.”

The APA’s resolution mirrors that of the American Psychiatric Association, which embraced homosexual marriage in 2001. According to a report in LifeSiteNews.com, Dr. Jack Drescher of the psychiatric association’s committee on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues told New Mass Media in a 2001 interview that “children in same-sex marriages do just as well as children in heterosexual marriages.”

In fact, back in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association, under heavy pressure from homosexual activists, removed homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Controversial as homosexuality and especially same-sex marriage are, pedophilia is far more taboo – but not for long, believe some experts.

“After the American Psychiatric Association removed pedophilia as sexual perversion in its 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV, it was only a matter of time until The American Psychological Association would ease us further toward legalizing child sexual abuse,” wrote WND columnist and author Judith Reisman.

Thus, in 1999, the American Psychological Association published in its peer-reviewed journal, APA Bulletin, a report disputing the harmfulness of child molestation. Titled “A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples,” the report by Bruce Rind, et al., claimed child sexual abuse could be harmless and beneficial.

The controversial paper was based on the 1948 conclusions of Alfred Kinsey, who is now known to have presided over the mass sexual molestation of children and even infants in the course of his research, which is still the bedrock of the field of sexuality.

As Reisman, author of “Kinsey, Sex and Fraud,” put it: “The Rind and Co. APA paper cites Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 tome, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” as a guide for their child abuse study. … Kinsey’s junk sex science mutated into a human sexuality junk yardstick for both the American Psychiatric and American Psychological Association – now, for brevity, jointly dubbed the American Pedophile Associations.”