Child development not hindered by same-sex parents, policy says
All children need a good home where they can thrive physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.
The family environments that offer this holistic picture of health, reports the online March edition of Pediatrics, have “secure and enduring relationships with committed and nurturing adults”—no matter the sexual orientation of the parents.
A new policy statement announced last week from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) rallied for support of same-sex couples having full adoption and foster care rights.
“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 interests of their child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” the statement said.
The policy also cited research that revealed the sexual orientation of the parents does not affect their children’s development.
This policy announcement comes just as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments this week challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law enacted in 1996 that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.
The 2010 U.S. Census reported 2 million children in the United States were being raised by lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender parents. And many of these families live in states where same-sex partners are not legally allowed to wed.
Dr. Ellen Perrin, co-author of the policy statement said in a release, “The AAP has long been an advocate for children, and this updated policy reflects a natural progression in the Academy’s support for families.”
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