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American Psychological Association supports boycott


The American Psychological Association's has voted to support a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego and move its August meeting after fielding concerns from several members expected to attend, according to a press release sent out Friday.

The bulk of the convention's meetings will be moved and members who opt not to stay at the Hyatt will be provided with alternative accommodations, in light of the voted by the APA Council of Representatives.

Manchester Hyatt owner Doug Manchester (pictured) donated $125,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign, which worked to ban same-sex marriage in California.

"Today's decision allows Council to make an important statement that it stands in solidarity with the LGBT community and its allies in protest of Mr. Manchester's political views," APA president Carol Goodheart said.

The APA also plans to use the meeting to highlight the association's policy in support of same-sex marriage and the science backing its position.

The boycott of the Hyatt was spearheaded by several organizations, including Californians Against Hate and the Courage Campaign.

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