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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Equality Just For Some is Not Equality

Kudos to the American Psychological Association for calling for the legalization of (some) same-sex marriages.

This is a freedom to marry: the same-sex freedom to marry.

Dr. Clinton Anderson, APA associate executive director, said that the timing of the resolution is an indirect result of several states' legalization of marriage.

"We knew that marriage benefits heterosexual people in very significant ways, but we didn't know if that would be true for same-sex couples," said Anderson, who is also director of the APA's Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.

Now that six U.S. states permit same-sex marriage, researchers have been able to conduct studies with those couples.

This is widely being called support for full marriage equality, because it supports marriage over civil unions. However, it isn't really full marriage equality as there would still be same-sex couples who could not legally marry; cousins, for one example, or closer same-sex couples brought together through Genetic Sexual Attraction. Also, this still denies poly people the right to marry the persons they love.

Equality just for some is not equality. We need full marriage equality so that an adult can marry any consenting adults.
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