Thank goodness this information was released prior to the election. Please share this article with every anti-gay person you know. Refusing marriage equality and stigmatizing an entire class of citizens under law harms society. It violates the credo of the founders that everyone must be equal under law and the separation of church from state. It is un-American. Do the right thing: No on California’s Proposition 8. No on all anti-equality laws.
Three new research studies – two of which are scheduled to be published in the March 2009 issue of the National Sexuality Resource Centers peer-reviewed journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy – indicate “separate but equal” is no more equal in the matrimonial realm than it is in education. Consequently, the authors strongly suggest American policymakers dispense with efforts to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”
That was the core message of a press conference hosted Tuesday morning at the resource center. According to researchers and members of the GLBT community, ballot initiatives and marriage denial should be considered a public health issue, because they create significant physical, psychological and social risks for the communities under attack.
What’s more, denial of marriage and exposure to negative messages during ballot initiatives affect all gays and lesbians – not just those seeking marriage.
The independent studies findings indicate same-sex couples want marriage more than other forms of partnership; that exposure to negative messages in states in which marriage amendments are on ballots negatively impacts all lesbian, gay and bisexual persons; and that the lack of legal recognition for same-sex relationships creates fears for and uncertainty about the future among lesbian and gay persons whether they are single or coupled. In addition, marriage initiatives often alienate GLBT individuals and communities from the democratic process.
“The absence of recognition for same-sex relationships conveys a sense of second-class citizenship and a stress associated with such an unwelcomed status,” journal editor and contributor Dr. Brian deVries said. “All gay, lesbian and bisexual persons – not just those who want to get married – can experience negative impacts when initiatives like [California’s Proposition 8] get put on the ballot.”