RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Psychological Association released an opposition statement on the anti-LGBT amendment in September. Equality North Carolina lauded the position.

They assert: “There is no empirical evidence that supports the denial of marriage rights to people in same-sex relationships. … There is empirical evidence that denial of marriage rights to people in same-sex relationships is damaging to their psychological health. … There is empirical evidence that opposing denial of marriage rights initiatives has beneficial psychological effects. … From a social justice perspective, significant benefits accrue to all of us when diverse families are legally and socially sanctioned.”

Care2 writer Steve Williams recently said, “This policy statement is a powerful response to the North Carolina GOP who have been widely criticized for claims that gay marriage will damage so-called traditional marriage in the state, and that gay marriage will hurt children. Legislators have also claimed that gay marriage would be the same as legalizing bestiality and polygamy.”

To read the entire statement, visit care2.com/causes/nc-psychology-association-opposes-gay-marriage-ban.html.

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.