The American Academy of Nursing declares its support for marriage equality. Marriage is an institution of central importance in the U.S., bringing with it a large number of social, economic and legal rights and benefits. Denying the right to marry is a powerful, far reaching, and particularly harmful form of discrimination. The Code of Ethics for Nurses (2001) compels us to “practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual.” Moreover, the Academy has a strong record of opposing health inequities and advancing a culturally competent workforce. Marriage equality will contribute to achieving access to high-quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, dignified and respectful health care for all persons.
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