Psychologists' OK of Same-sex Unions Called 'Gay Agenda'
- Southern Baptists attack American Psychological Association's 's
Psychologists' OK of Same-sex Unions Called 'Gay Agenda'
By Art Toalston
Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press
Friday, July 30, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Family advocates were dismayed but not
surprised by the American Psychological Association's embrace of
efforts to legalize same-sex "marriage" and to advance homosexuals'
child custody rights, adopted during the group's annual meeting in
The APA, in a news release July 28, reported, "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 group's Council of Representatives.
"The APA also opposed discrimination against lesbian or gay parents
adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care and reproductive
health services," the group's news release stated.
The report prompted Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to note, "This is the same
group that, at the command of the radical homosexual lobby, supinely
took homosexuality off the list of psychological disorders decades
"The APA does whatever the radical homosexual lobby tells it to do,"
Land said in a statement to Baptist Press. "It's nothing more than a
professional lobbying group for the radical homosexual lobby."
Land also noted, "I don't get my moral compass from the American
Psychological Association. The Bible declares same-sex marriage as an
oxymoron, and at least two-thirds of the American people oppose it.
"Fortunately, we live in a representative democracy where each member
of the American Psychological Association has a vote just like every
other American. I'm willing to let the wisdom of the American people,
not the APA, decide this issue for American society."
The genesis of the APA's embrace of homosexuality, according to BP
columnist Kelly Boggs, dates back to the 1970s.
Boggs, in his July 30 column, noted that the events unfolding from an
onslaught of homosexual activists initially against the American
Psychiatric Association and then the American Psychological
Association are recounted in two reputable books:
-- "Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth" (Baker Books, 1996) by
psychiatrist Jeffery Satinover, who holds degrees from MIT, Harvard,
the University of Texas and Yale.
-- "Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis"
(Princeton University Press, 1987, as listed on Amazon) by Ronald
Bayer, currently a professor of public health at Columbia
University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Boggs writes that the American Psychiatric Association, the first of
the organizations to declare homosexuality to be "normal," took that
stance "without a single shred of scientific evidence. Even now the
jury is still out on the issue because not one study to date has
shown homosexuality to be innate or irreversible. ...
"Don't be surprised, or swayed, by the American Psychological
Association's recent endorsement of homosexual 'marriage,'" Boggs
writes. "It is just one more organization that has been co-opted by
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, in a July 29 news release,
said the American Psychological Association's support of same-sex
unions "flies in the face of logic, science and the historical
experience of every culture on the face of the planet."
"Let's be clear: What we're talking about here is intentionally
creating hundreds of thousands of motherless and fatherless families,
permanently depriving little boys of a father and little girls of a
mother," Dobson said.
Glenn Stanton, Focus on the Family's senior research analyst for
marriage and sexuality, echoed Dobson's concerns, noting, "This
policy will subject generations of children to the status of lab
animals in a vast, untested social experiment with the family. No one
can say that is compassionate."
Stanton also stated, "Study after study has found that boys and girls
not raised by both their mother and father are much more likely to,
among other things, suffer abuse, perform poorly in school, suffer
lower levels of mental and physical health and wind up in trouble
with the law."
Bill Maier, a clinical psychologist and a Focus on the Family vice
president, added that the psychological association's Council of
Representatives has concluded that the desires of a tiny minority of
the population "are more important than the best interests of
"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," Maier said.
The APA, in its news release, noted that its stances on same-
sex "marriage" and homosexuals' child custody rights were recommended
by its Working Group on Same-Sex Families and Relationships, a seven-
member panel of psychologists appointed by the APA Council of
Representatives in February.
The working group members' qualifications, according to the APA news
release, involve "a combination of both scientific expertise in
family and couple relations and professional expertise with lesbian,
gay, and bisexual populations." The panel "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
The members of the APA Working Group on Same-Sex Families and
Relationships were 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.
David Blankenhorn, meanwhile, head of the Institute for American
Values, told USA Today that the notion of same-sex "marriage" fuels
a "marriage-lite" trend in society.
"The whole social fabric depends on stable marriages; how the next
generation is raised depends on it," Blankenhorn said.
Tom Strode contributed to this article.