Legalizing gay marriage would help the children of same-sex couples, because allowing gay couples to marry validates their relationships, could reduce discrimination and increases benefits for the families. These are the beliefs of Vermont’s leading mental health and human service organizations.
The Vermont Psychological Association, the Vermont Psychiatric Association, the Vermont Association of Mental Health Counselors, and the Vermont chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, all agree.
“We felt it was important for us to set the record straight about the scholarly literature in our field and we have lots of different families and the best thing to do for all children is to support parents the best way we can,” said Jackie Weinstein, of UVM Human Development & Families Studies.
The mental health and human service organizations will testify in support of gay marriage next week at the Statehouse.