A whole lot of American pediatricians have come out in support of gay marriage this past week, the latest to openly support the progressive push forward.
According to a piece on CNN.com, the American Academy of Pediatrics have released a policy statement in which they underline their belief that allowing gay couples to marry often helps to reinforce a stable and healthy home life for their children.
The statement reads:
“If a child has two living and capable parents who choose to create a permanent bond by way of civil marriage, it is in the best interest of their child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation…”
There have been an increasing number of studies and informal testimonies in the news lately that seem to support the stance taken by many Americans that children raised by gay couples can and do lead perfectly normal lives, but this latest endorsement from a group as respected and as valued as pediatricians is certain to make headlines for some time now.
As CNN points out, there are approximately 2 million children being raised by gay and lesbian couples in America, yet only nine states and Washington, D.C. allow for these couples to marry.
And lest one should think that this bold and significant endorsement by the American Academy of Pediatrics has come up swiftly, without intense scrutiny, well…try again. The group’s decision comes on the heel of over 30 years worth of serious studying and observing gay/lesbian couples and their children.
Dr. Ellen Perrin, co-author of the policy statement, summarized the group’s findings succinctly when she told CNN, “”There’s no relationship between parents’ gender or sexual orientation and their children’s well-being,…Our conclusion is based in the fact that there’s no evidence at all that same-sex marriage harms children in any way.”
Hard to argue with that, huh?
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