I wanted to share with you information about how APA has worked on
important issues such as marriage equality. Please see below.
I'm proud to represent Arkansas on APA Council and glad that APA has
helped to educate the public and the courts about the empirical social
science research regarding same-sex marriage.
It is a good day for many of my friends, colleagues, and patients, and
this makes me happy.
Courtney Ghormley, Ph.D., ABPP
APA Council Representative for Arkansas
From: Council Representatives List [mailto:COR@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Gilfoyle, Nathalie
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2015 3:36 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [COR] Marriage Equality Decision in Obergefell v.
Hodges et al
Greetings COR members,
As I am sure you all know, today, in Obergefell v Hodges, the Supreme
Court issued a sweeping decision striking down state prohibitions on
same sex marriage. It was very rewarding to see ten pages of APA's
amicus brief in this case cited by Justice Kennedy in the majority
I wanted to take a moment to summarize briefly the body of amicus work
APA has done leading up to this historic moment. It is amazing to
realize that the Court's decision in Lawrence v Texas, striking down
state laws that criminalized same- sex intimacy, occurred only 12 years
ago. That decision, in which APA also filed an amicus brief, was the
foundation for the subsequent cases seeking recognition of marriage
equality. Since 2005, APA has filed 35 amicus briefs in state and
federal courts presenting social science research to rebut stereotypes
about sexual orientation and same sex relationships, and to accurately
present the effects of parents' sexual orientation on children and the
nature of stigma. Our briefs evolved over the years to present new
research and address changing arguments presented by the opponents of
We were pleased to have as co-signers on many of APA's briefs such
groups as the American Psychiatric Association , NASW, the American
Medical Association , the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychoanalytic
Association and relevant state psychological associations. Our briefs
and related research have been cited in major decisions in the lower
courts and it is clear that empirical research has made a difference in
the outcome of these cases.
Today's decision is a wonderful capstone to this sustained and extensive
body of work by APA's great team of experts, along with APA's Clinton
Anderson , who have helped us refine and improve each iteration of our
briefs and have held us to the highest scientific standards in
selecting and describing the research we have presented to the courts.
This team includes most recently Gregory Herek, Adam W. Fingerhut, Ilan
Meyer, Charlotte Patterson, Abbie Goldberg and Sherry Rostosky, with
additional reviewers from the Committee on Legal Issues along the way.
We owe them all a deep debt of gratitude.
APA General Counsel
Nathalie Gilfoyle | General Counsel
American Psychological Association <http://www.apa.org/>
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel: (202) 336-6186 | email: ngilfoyle@xxxxxxx
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