American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association is inducted into our Hall of Shame because of their unanimous vote to support same-sex marriage. In 1973 homosexuality was removed as a mental illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (the bible of psychiatric disorder). God says, however, that homosexual sex is not only a violation of natural law and a grave sin, but it is also an abomination. Few sins are called an abomination. Same sex marriage is every worse for it is an attempt to regularize perversion and propose the fantasy that homosexual love is genuine. Homosexuals cannot romantically love each other. Love rejoices in righteousness (what is right) [1 Cor 13:6] according to God. That which does not rejoice in righteous cannot be love. Homosexual unions are not righteous. For the psychological community to support homosexuality, and especially same-sex marriage, shows that the psychological profession is perverted, morally bankrupt, and cannot be trusted to support genuine human dignity. Story follows… American Psychological Association supports same-sex marriage' 157-0 by Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The American Psychological Association (APA) has re-affirmed its support for same-sex marriage for the eighth consecutive year, this time with a more strongly-worded statement. On the eve of this year's annual convention, the association's policymaking body supported same-sex marriage unanimously in a 157-0 vote. The APA has backed marriage for homosexual couples since 2004, and marriage-like benefits since 1997, and now calls itself a strong advocate for full equal rights for LGBT people for nearly 35 years. This year's resolution is the first new wording of the association's position since 2004, and includes stronger support for same-sex marriage by both asserting the possibility of long-term gay relationships as well as criticizing the stress that traditional marriage campaigns cause gays. One APA official indicated that the recent spread of gay marriage in America, most notably in New York last month, has made the association's public support for normalizing same-sex marriage more bold. Now as the country has really begun to have experience with gay marriage, our position is much clearer and more straightforward that marriage equity is the policy that the country should be moving toward, says Clinton Anderson, director of APA's Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns. The position paper now asserts that many gay men and lesbians, like their heterosexual counterparts, desire to form stable, long-lasting and committed intimate relationships and are successful in doing so, and that campaigns to uphold traditional marriage are a significant source of stress to homosexuals. Homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder in 1973 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard criteria for classification of mental illness, after years of lobbying by gay rights groups. Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was in charge of the DSM change, reversed his position on therapy for homosexuals nearly 30 years later to support sexual reorientation therapy based on his own research. A followup article reports that APA decision was political, not scientific: Therapists: APA gay marriage' declaration based on politics, not science by Kathleen Gilbert August 9, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of therapists dedicated to providing therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction has criticized the American Psychological Association's (APA) new declaration in favor of same-sex marriage as tainted by primarily political motivations.
The declaration, adopted earlier this month by the APA's policymaking body in a unanimous vote, professes antipathy toward state-level efforts to maintain legal marriage as between a man and a woman, and criticizes such campaigns as sources of stress for homosexual persons. Statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage are a significant source of stress to the lesbian, gay, and bisexual residents of those states, states the APA, which bills itself as a strong advocate for full equal rights for LGBT people. Dr. Julie Hamilton, President of The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), said the declaration was another instance of the APA inappropriately playing the standard-bearer for a political cause. The APA far too often bases their position statements on political ideology rather than scientific findings, said Hamilton in a statement provided to LifeSiteNews.com. Although the APA is regarded as a professional, scientifically based organization, far too often it does not function as such. Hamilton noted that Drs. Rogers Wright and Nicholas Cummings, both former top APA officials, have disclosed that many of the APA's decisions are influenced by ideology rather than research in their book, Destructive Trends in Mental Health. As a result, the APA cannot be viewed as a reliable source of scientific information, and the stances they take therefore lack any real value, she said. Homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder in 1973 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the universal standard for classification of mental illness, after years of high-pressure lobbying by gay rights activists. In a scene not unlike recent demonstrations for same-sex marriage, Dr. Melvin Sashbin in 1998 recalled how a gay rights demonstration at the American Psychiatric Association's 1970 meeting was so disruptive that the Association hired a security consultant to try to ensure more peaceful demonstrations in the future. It was guerrilla theater, said Sashbin, who described screaming that eventually quieted into discussion. Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was in charge of the DSM change, reversed his position on therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction nearly 30 years later to support such therapy based on his own research. Although expressing wariness of treatment for same-sex attraction, the APA currently states that there is insufficient evidence to either approve or discredit such therapy.

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