Monday July 17th 2017
RESEARCHER CHALLENGES CHRISTIAN LOBBY OVER IMPACT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY PUBLIC VOTES
In an open letter to Mr Shelton, Dr Sharon Dane, wrote,
"I was one of the researchers in a landmark study (Dane, Short, & Healy, 2016) of LGBTI Irish people conducted last year."
"It found that most Irish LGBTI people were upset, angry and anxious during the marriage equality referendum campaign."
Dr Dane also cites research from the US that shows big increases in anxiety and depression due to state marriage equality referenda.
"I have every reason to believe the situation would be the same if Australia were to go down the path of a plebiscite on marriage equality."
The open letter is included below.
Lyle Shelton's claims can be found here
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here
To speak to Dr Dane call 0403 895 268.
From: Dr Sharon Dane
To: Lyle Shelton, C/o the Australian Christian Lobby
Dear Mr Shelton,
I was appalled to read you declare that Ireland had a "respectful" referendum on marriage equality and US states held "uneventful" public votes on the issue (Why the ‘winner’s circle’ doesn’t trust the public to win, 12.07.2017)
I was one of the researchers in a landmark study (Dane, Short, & Healy, 2016) of LGBTI Irish people conducted last year .
It found that most Irish LGBTI people were upset, angry and anxious during the marriage equality referendum campaign, and that younger LGBTI people and the children of same-sex couples were worst affected.
It also found that, if they could go back in time, only 23% of Irish LGBTI people and families in the survey would be happy to have a referendum again.
Research from the United States shows similar results.
The 2-wave (before and after) study by Hatzenbuehler et al. (2010) involving 34,000 people found a 36.6% increase in mood disorders, 248.2% increase in generalised anxiety disorder, a 41.9% increase in alcohol use disorders amongst same-sex attracted individuals who resided in states in which anti-marriage campaigns were run in the lead up to a public vote banning same-sex marriage.
I have every reason to believe the situation would be the same if Australia were to go down the path of a plebiscite on marriage equality.
Dr Sharon Dane
Dane, S., Short, L., & Healy, G. (2016). Swimming with sharks: The negative social and psychological impacts of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum ‘NO’ campaign. School of Psychology Publications. The University of Queensland, Australia http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:408120
Hatzenbuehler, M. L., McLaughlin, K. A., Keyes, K. M., & Hasin, D. S. (2010). The impact of institutional discrimination on psychiatric disorders in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: A prospective study. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 452-459.