Social Validation Is One Benefit of Legalizing Same-Sex MarriageMay 3, 2013 • Contributed by Jen Wilson, GoodTherapy.org Correspondent
The legalization of same-sex marriage has been a hot topic across the globe in recent months. Canada, Australia, and the United States are a few of several countries rallying to legalize same-sex marriage. According to Joanna Fishman, director of the Associated Relationship and Marriage Counselors of Sydney, Australia, a legal declaration of marriage is critical to the emotional well-being of same-sex couples. If same-sex couples are permitted to have legal unions, they would be able to share in the same opportunities that heterosexual couples have, including shared insurance benefits, asset distribution, and public recognition. But, they would also be able to have a social validation of their relationship.
“Marriage celebrates the relationship and, for many couples, is a way to solidify and enhance their bond,” says Fishman. In addition, legal marriage allows couples to feel more secure and accepted inside and outside of the relationship. By prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, Fishman argues that society is discriminating against them, suggesting they are not equal to heterosexual couples. She notes that many psychologists have discovered that same-sex relationships are just as stable as many heterosexual relationships, and that children who grow up in these environments have the same chance at happiness as children of heterosexual couples.
The debate, which is extremely heated, can also be problematic. There are a number of negative comments being made about same-sex couples during the war for and against legalizing same-sex marriages. Fishman recommends that same-sex couples focus on the positive things that are being revealed, such as the growing momentum in support of this type of union and the success stories from those who have been fortunate enough to have their marriages legalized. This will protect same-sex couples from the stress that can arise from hearing so many negative things said about a topic so dear to their hearts.
Fishman, Joanna. (2013). Marriage equality provides emotional benefits to gay couples, according to Associated Relationship and Marriage Counselors Sydney. PRWeb (n.d.): n. pag. Web. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10662895.htm
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SAULMay 3rd, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Look,people are going to be in same-sex relationships if they so desire.Nobody should or can stop them.And if they want to get married,how does it even affect anybody else?Who are we to tell them they cannot marry?Is it limiting any of our rights?No!So why oppose anything that does not impede on our rights?!
Lea AnneMay 4th, 2013 at 4:55 AM
I really don’t care one way or the other whether gay couples marry or not. This should be their choice to make, not mine.
For me the bigger debate or concern I suppose should be how to them keep more families and homes intact with two parents, and not have the divorce rate that we currently have in our country.
This is a super big problem with so many children growing up with only one parent and if a gay couple can provide a stable and loving home for their kids without the heartbreak of divorce than I don’t see what the problem is.
If there is something “legally” or “morally” wrong with this then I guess that is for that one couple to deal with later, not me.
Angel IbanezMay 4th, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Please update your information. Canada legalized same sex marriage in 2005.
randallMay 4th, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I couldn’t care less if being able to marry my partner offers social validation.
What I am seeking is equal protection under the law, same as any other couplle who wants to be together has.
I don’t really care about how society looks at me or views how I live my life, but I do want to have the same opportunities with my partner that other married couples have.
Why shouldn’t I be able to have that too?
Harry sMay 6th, 2013 at 4:01 AM
Most gay couples that I know, men and women, for them it would be nice just to feel like they are accepted by others and that what they do is not considered taboo or “wrong”.
It would probably also be nice for them if they knew that they would have things like health care benefits and others things like that that are just a given for others married couples but that are never accapted or granted for them.
MikeMay 8th, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Canada has had nationwide marriage equality since 2005. Ontario was the first province to mandate marriage equality in June 2003 & BC and Québec followed shortly thereafter. My husband & I married in 2003 in Toronto, our 10th legal anniversary is upcoming. Our 20th real anniversary is on the way, too! Gay couples are equally capable of committed relationships & are entitled marriage just like their straight counterparts.
Mary StottFebruary 25th, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Seems to me we should dowhat is in the best interests of children and society.
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