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Sociological support for marriage equality

Dear Sir,

Having read Henry Dowling's opinion in Monday's newspaper, I was surprised to see him evoke sociology to support his position.

Perhaps that is because the ASA (American Sociological Association) has already made a statement on the matter and it does not support to his view.

In a February 2013 press release related to United States Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases, Cecilia Ridgeway, then the ASA president, made the following statement: “The results of our review are clear. There is no evidence that children with parents in stable same-sex or opposite-sex relationships differ in terms of wellbeing. Indeed, the greater stability offered by marriage for same-sex as well as opposite-sex parents may be an asset for child wellbeing.”

I would caution against divisively using “sociology” in the future. As someone trained in sociological science and research, I can assure you the American Sociological Association supports homosexual relations and marriage equality.


Social science: a same-sex couple celebrate completing their vows in a ceremony in Vancouver in 2012. A reader writes that the American Sociological Association has noted there is no evidence of any difference in the wellbeing of children with parents in a stable relationship, regardless of whether their parents' relationship is opposite-sex or same-sex (Photograph by Steven Lane, The Columbian/AP)

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Published December 15, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 15, 2015 at 2:02 am)

Sociological support for marriage equality

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