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That marriage 'fence' excluding gays isn't protection, it's bigotry
Don't exclude gays from marriage

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Date published: 10/13/2006

THE ANSWER to Linda J. White's question to herself, "Am I a bigot?" is clearly a resounding "Yes!" In fact, the fence that she claims is in need of fortification might as well have bigotry scribbled all over it, clearly evident underneath the whitewash of her views.

The heterosexual bias and arrogance of her views aside, White should at least be honest regarding the influences of her argument. She claims to have withheld any religious beliefs from her views, yet her references have very strong religious affiliations.

The Witherspoon Institute may bill itself as an independent institute, but its religiosity becomes clear once you take a cursory look at its Web site, or research who's who among its academicians and its associations to Opus Dei. In the Witherspoon report cited by White, three of the four psychologist signatories are faculty at a Catholic graduate school; the only psychiatrist signatory to the report is a member of the National Review Board of the U.S. Confederation of Catholic Bishops, and the president of Witherspoon is a member of Opus Dei. But more importantly, where are the facts to support their views?

As a licensed clinical social worker and mental health professional, I would like to point in the direction of contemporary scientific research and to the policy statements issued by so many of the major psychological and medical health organizations that clearly state that there is no reason to continue to keep homosexuals on the other side of White's picket fence. There's no reason for a fence. The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1974. Since then all of the reputable mental health organizations have issued their own research and policy statements in agreement that homosexuality, gay relationships, and gay parenting are essentially no better or worse than heterosexual ones.

According to the American Psychological Association, "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents. Indeed, the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children's psychosocial growth."

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