National Association of Social Workers Outlook on Same-Sex Marriage
The social work profession has consistently fought for social justice, equality, and constitutional protections for America’s most vulnerable individuals and groups. Along with other social justice and civil rights advocates, social workers have played an indispensable role in preserving freedom and ensuring opportunity for all. Social workers believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons deserve the same protections and opportunities in their work, family, career and health equal to other members of society.
1. Social workers should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, or mental or physical disability.
1.05 Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
1. Social workers should understand culture and its function in human behavior and society, recognizing the strengths that exist in all cultures.
2. Social workers should have a a knowledge base of their clients' cultures and be able to demonstrate competence in the provision of service that are sensitive to clients' cultures and to the difference among people and cultural groups.
3. Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, martial status, political belief, religion, and mental or physical disability.
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