The American Academy of Pediatrics dove headfirst into the same-sex marriage debate issuing a policy statement last week that “allowing gay and lesbian parent to marry if they choose to do is in the best interest of their children,” according to The New York Times.
“The academy’s new policy statement says same-sex marriage helps guarantee rights, benefits and long-term security for children, while acknowledging that it does not now ensure access to federal benefits. When marriage is not an option, the academy said, children should not be deprived of foster care or adoption by single parents or couples, whatever their sexual orientation….”
“The academy cited research finding that a child’s well-being is much more affected by the strength of relationships among family members and a family’s social and economic resources than by the sexual orientation of the parents. “There is an emerging consensus, based on extensive review of the scientific literature, that children growing up in households headed by gay men or lesbians are not disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents,” the academy said…”
“ ‘Marriage strengthens families and benefits child development, and it also increases a parent’s sense of competence and security when they are able to raise children without stigma,” said Dr. Nanette Gartrell, the lead author of the study and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.”
The academy reviewed scientific literature for more than four years summarized in a 10-page report with more than 60 citations. (See the story for examples of the studies.)
Dissenting doctors said there was not yet enough national data to support this position on same-sex marriage.
So what do you think (and let’s try to keep it civil and respectful):