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Message from APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association) Concerning the Supreme Court Rulling

posted Jun 29, 2015, 1:09 PM by Ruth Maya   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 8:43 PM by Crissy Nolen ]
This Message Was Posted to the APsaA association List by Mark Smaller <marksmaller@gmail.com> -

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Supreme Court Case ruled today, 5-4, in support of same sex marriage. Wylie Tene, our Public Affairs Director made sure our press release went out literally minutes following the decision:

"The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) applauds today’s landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (Obergefell v. Hodges), recognizing the constitutionality of same-sex and same-gender civil marriage, finally extending all the rights and benefits of marriage to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples in all 50 states."

The statement also included a link to our Position Statement on Civil Marriage and Civil Rights
(http://www.apsa.org/sites/default/files/2013%20Position%20Statement%20on%20Civil%20Marriage%20and%20Civil%20Rights.pdf).

We were among 13 professional associations supporting the petitioners in the amicus brief for the Supreme Court case, which can be viewed from the link below:

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/BriefsV5/14-556_amicus_pet_apa.authcheckdam.pdf

As I often remind our members, we are a small organization with big ambitions, and those can have a significant impact on our communities and our country.

Our Committee on Gender and Sexuality, chaired by Susan McNamara and Diana Moga, and Dennis Shelby who chairs Advocacy, deserve great credit over the years in pushing our efforts forward on this equal rights issue, outside APsaA and within; as well as Jim Pyles, our lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and Herb Gross, Chair, Committee on Government Relations and Insurance.

This is truly a historic moment, and, as psychoanalysts, we can be a part of this celebration.

Best regards, Mark
--
"Psychoanalysis and Diversity: Now More Than Ever"
Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D.;
President, American Psychoanalytic Association
marksmaller@gmai.com