Marriage and Family Issues for LGBT People

Psychology has an important perspective to bring to the topics of marriage and family issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. APA has been actively involved in highlighting that perspective through the research-based resolutions, briefs for legal cases and additional resources featured here.

Resources
APA
  • Who me? Marry?
    Psychologists weigh in on how the changing landscape of same-sex marriage may be affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals.
    Monitor on Psychology®, May 2014
  • Answers to Your Questions About Same-Sex Marriage
    With so much attention to marriage for same-sex couples playing out in the public policy arena, as well as around water coolers, kitchen tables and in classrooms, what does the science have to say about such relationships? Who is affected and how? And why is it so important? This resource is an introduction to these common questions.

  • Lesbian and Gay Parenting
    Includes a summary of research findings on lesbian mothers, gay fathers and their children; an annotated bibliography of the published psychological literature; and additional resources relevant to lesbian and gay parenting.

  • Helping the Straight Spouse When a Wife or Husband Comes Out as LGB or T
    Resources for students and psychologists to gain a better understanding of issues that may affect the straight spouse when a wife or husband comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

  • Marriage Equality and LGBT Health (PDF, 100KB)
    This fact sheet highlights empirical evidence that illustrates the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples.

  • Watch the Invited Address by Evan Wolfson at APA's 2010 Annual Convention — "2020 Vision: Winning the Freedom to Marry this Decade"

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
U.S. Health and Human Services
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Reports
Resolutions
APA Amicus Briefs
News