The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide on Friday was more than just history in the making. According to psychology experts, the ruling is bound to offer a momentous psychological boon to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well. The reason? Marriage offers ‘a source of purpose and meaning and security’ from both an emotional and legal standpoint that civil unions can’t offer, say the experts. Plus, there is a certain stigma that comes with a relationship that is viewed as a separate part of the community. ‘It sends a message that you’re not part of this society, that you’re not equal and your relationship is not valued,’ says Ilan Meyer, a psychiatric epidemiologist. What’s your take on these experts’ analyses? If you’re impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision, do you see it having an effect on your psychological wellbeing? Share your reactions in the comments.
Legalizing Gay Marriage Is a Psychological Boost to Couples
February 21, 2017