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Equal Rights for Gay Marriages

Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. was in private practice for more than thirty years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states ...Read More

This Wednesday, May 9, 2012, President Obama gave his support for giving gay married couples the same rights as those who are heterosexual and married. This was a courageous move because the issue is so fraught with controversy.

Many, perhaps most of those who are opposed to gay marriage, let alone giving them equality, base their opposition on what is said in scriptures. Most religions regard homosexuality as a terrible sin. Many of those people advocate attempting to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals so they will no longer live in sin. They see homosexuality as a life style choice that can and should be changed much like we change our minds about any choice that is made. Presidential candidate in this election year, 2012, is one of those who is firmly against gay marriage.

Among those who support gay marriage are those who know that homosexuality is not a choice. Recognizing the fact that homosexuals choose to live together and marry just like heterosexuals do, supporters, like President Obama, want to homosexual married couples have the same rights to medical insurance, inheritance of wealth from saving accounts and the sale of stocks in the event that one of them dies, and legal protections under the law, just as heterosexual marrieds have.

According to the DSM IV, the manual used by psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose people who have behavioral disorders, homosexuality is not defined as a disorder, psychiatric illness or a perversion. In addition, the governing bodies for psychiatrists and psychologists prohibit attempting to convert gay people. 

The facts are that gay people, just like heterosexuals, obey the law, work, pay their taxes, serve in the military and make positive contributions to society. It makes sense that, if they want to marry, they are entitled to the full protection under the law, including all of the rights that come with being married.

What are your opinions about this and President Obama’s statement supporting equal rights for gay married couples?

Allan N. Schwartz, PhD

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