Decades of psychological research provides evidence linking marriage to mental health benefits for couples and their children, and highlighting the harm to individuals’ mental health of social exclusion. The APS supports the full recognition of same-sex relationships, on the basis of this evidence.

Key Points

  • Marriage discrimination has a flow-on effect on same-sex attracted Australians, their loved ones, and the wider community.
  • Psychologists must work to ensure that all Australians are supported to achieve positive mental health and full social inclusion.
  • Removing all discrimination from the Marriage Act to ensure that all people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, can choose to marry will also promote acceptance and the celebration of diversity, particularly among young people.
  • While the APS fully supports marriage equality, the Society believes that the process for achieving equality should not be by means of a popular vote. Public votes about marriage equality elsewhere have been linked to increased mental health risks, particularly caused by fear campaigns and social exclusion. Marriage equality is a human rights and equal opportunity issue and should on principle, be a matter for Australian law and our parliamentary system, not a popular vote.

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