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AAN states support for same-sex marriage rights

The American Academy of Nursing has issued a statement of support for marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The AAN’s board of directors last month unanimously approved a position statement, “Support for Marriage Equality.” Describing marriage equality as a human rights and civil rights issue, the statement — jointly proposed by the academy’s expert panel on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Health and an expert panel on Cultural Competence — also highlights clear links between marriage rights and health.

In the statement, the AAN said nursing’s code of ethics compels nurses “to practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual.”

The AAN joins several other health professional organizations in publicly supporting marriage equality, including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers. President Obama announced his support for marriage equality this year, as did the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In adopting this position statement, the AAN announced its opposition to laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, its support for efforts to overturn or repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act and its intent to bring nursing’s perspective to ongoing discussion and debate on this issue.

The AAN board also unanimously approved a statement on “Health Care for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations,” proposed by the expert panel on LGBTQ Health. The statement declares the AAN opposition to any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and its support for advocacy and establishment of policies and initiatives that enhance the health of LGBTQ people.

“The Academy is proud to take these clear stands in support of equality, fairness and respect,” AAN President Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in a news release.

To view a PDF of the full statement on marriage equality, visit For the statement on healthcare for sexual minority and gender-diverse populations, visit

By | 2012-08-12T00:00:00-04:00 August 12th, 2012|Categories: National|0 Comments

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