Pediatricians Group Supports Same-Sex Marriage; Two Parents Best Whatever Orientation

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Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein , THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The nationAAEs largest pediatriciansAAE group said Thursday that it supports gay marriage, noting that, to a child, the parentsAAE sexual orientation is not as important as other elements related to family well-being.

If a child has two living and capable parents who want to marry, it is in the best interests of the child that legal and social institutions allow and support the parents to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in its new policy statement.

Therefore, AAP supports marriage equality for all capable and consenting adults, including those who are of the same gender, as a means of guaranteeing all federal and state rights and benefits and long-term security for their children.

Adoption placements and foster parenting also should be conducted without regard to sexual orientation of the parents, the academy added.

The announcement comes less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court considers two cases that will determine whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act and CaliforniaAAEs Proposition 8, which each define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, are constitutional.

Supporters of gay marriage from many sectors of society have been urging the high court to strike down the laws and, in effect, legalize gay marriage in the U. …