Statement Regarding a California Judge's Ruling That Proposition 8 is Unconstitutional
Montrose Counseling Center’s therapists help clients on a daily basis deal with the mental health impact of being continually marginalized. The political attention focused on banning so-called “gay marriages” creates a public atmosphere where sexual minorities get the message that they are “less-than” and undeserving of equal rights. We agree with the American Psychiatric Association’s declaration that “marriages” and “unions” are not equal. When communities of people are being told that they are not worthy of the same rights and privileges as the rest of society, it can have a harmful effect on the community members’ mental health and well-being. Any time a majority is able to impose its values and judgments on a minority, it will have an impact on self esteem, sense of safety and belonging for all members of the minority group. On behalf of our clients, volunteers, staff and board of directors, as well as our future GLBT leaders in the HATCH Program, Montrose Counseling Center is encouraged by the decision of the U.S. District Court in California for finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional, and hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the decision should it be appealed.