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American Academy of Pediatrics backs same sex marriage

American Academy of PediatricsThe American Academy of Pediatrics has backed civil marriage for same-sex couples stating it is the best way to guarantee benefits and security for children.

The AAP policy statement, “Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian,” and an accompanying technical report will be published in the April 2013 issue of Pediatrics (published online March 21).

AAP also supports full adoption and foster care rights for all parents, regardless of sexual orientation for the same reason.

“Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage,” said Dr. Benjamin Siegel, chair of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and a co-author of the policy statement. “The AAP believes there should be equal opportunity for every couple to access the economic stability and federal supports provided to married couples to raise children.”


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