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To: ASA Council
American Sociological Association Statement Against the Proposed Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage
WHEREAS the American Sociological Association (ASA) comprises sociologists and kindred professionals who study, among other things, sex and gender, sexualities, families, children, religion, culture, and systems of inequality and their effects, and
WHEREAS the ASA is dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good, and
WHEREAS a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman intentionally discriminates against lesbians and gay men as well as their children and other dependents by denying access to the protections, benefits, and responsibilities extended automatically to married couples, and
WHEREAS we believe that the official justification for the proposed
constitutional amendment is based on prejudice rather than empirical research, and
WHEREAS sociological research has repeatedly shown that systems of inequality are detrimental to the public good,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the American Sociological Association strongly opposes the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
-The Sociologists Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus of the American Sociological Association (ASA)
-Family Section. Chair: Naomi Gerstel, University of Massachusetts
-Sexualities Section. Chair: Barry D. Adam, University of Windsor
-Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). President: Nancy Naples, University of Connecticutt
-Pacific Sociological Association. GLBT Committee.
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