The American Psychiatric Association (APA) approved a resolution at its annual meeting, urging legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
The statement supports same-sex marriage “in the interest of maintaining and promoting mental health.”
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.
Thirty years ago, the APA still defined homosexuality as a mental disorder, and if the resolution is approved by its directors in July, it will become the first major medical association to endorse gay marriage.