This morning, the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, passing same-sex marriage rights in all US states in a 5-4 decision. AAMFT has supported the rights of same-sex couples, creating this position in 2005:
AAMFT believes that all couples who willingly commit themselves to each other, and their children, have a right to expect equal support and benefits in civil society. Thus, we affirm the right of all committed couples and their families to legally equal benefits, protection, and responsibility.
Naveen Jonathan, PhD, LMFT, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Chapman University, commented, “LGBTQ couples have faced discrimination, lack of regulation and [lack of] legal backing. We as MFTs work together with institutions, and though the discrimination is not over, the decision impacts and influences couples to now have recognition. One system effects another, and the impact is monumental.”
In light of our involvement in the changing patterns of couples and family relationships, recognition of the arising needs, and the provision of trained professionals for the public, AAMFT is delighted that marriage equality is now recognized across the United States. AAMFT has long held the conviction that “relationships matter” and this ruling supports a fundamental belief of our members.
MFTs on social media added to the discussion.