Apr. 22, 2013 by Lauren Rubenstein
On April 4, The Hartford Courant published an op-ed by Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, giving a cross-cultural perspective on same-sex marriage. During the Supreme Court’s recent hearings on two same-sex marriage cases, some justices expressed concern that because same-sex marriage is so new, we don’t yet know its long-term impact on families and society. Schug challenges these assertions, pointing out that the justices failed to look outside the U.S.
Citing her own research and that of other academics, Schug points to examples in countries around the world, which demonstrate that gay marriage has not led to a devaluation of the institution of marriage, nor has it harmed children raised by same-sex couples.