Association Deplores Discrimination of Gays

May 30, 2002

The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) members announced their support of the position that the primary consideration in decisions about parenting, including conception, child rearing, adoption, visitation and custody is the best interest of the child. APsaA made the announcement during the its 91st annual meeting recently held in Philadelphia.

“It is disturbing to hear about cases in which gay or lesbian parents are being denied custody or the right to adopt solely on the basis of their sexual orientation — that’s discrimination. The American Psychoanalytic Association deplores such discrimination and is especially troubled when psychological findings are distorted, misrepresented or blatantly ignored, as is so often the case in these legal decisions,” says APsaA President Newell Fisher, M.D.

Accumulated evidence suggests the best interest of the child requires attachment to committed, nurturing and competent parents. Evaluation of an individual or couple for these parental qualities should be determined without prejudice regarding sexual orientation. APsaA believes that gay and lesbian individuals and couples are capable of meeting the best interest of the child and should be afforded the same rights and should accept the same responsibilities as heterosexual parents.

Moderator Comment: Should retailers target market non-traditional households in a similar fashion to how they try to attract the business of seniors, ethnic populations or pet owners?

Non-traditional families such as those parented by homosexual
partners are growing in number, plain and simple. Retailers can either make
these consumers welcomed or watch them walk to the competition. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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