Gay marriage is good for children with same sex parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics has claimed.
In a newly published policy statement, the organisation states:
“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 children that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”
Policy statement co-author Dr Ellen Perrin expanded on the statement, saying marriage benefitted children by providing a sense of security to the children of relationships.
“Marriage provides permanence and security for children, and those are extremely important for children’s well-being. [Marriage] allows them to grow up in an environment in which they’re confident of the solidity of their family and the fact that their family is just like every other family of kids they know in school.”
She insisted that the gender of parents was unimportant:
“[Having parents of opposite gender] is something that people are often concerned about, but in reality it just isn’t really a problem for these families. It’s very clear that other people in the child’s family environment can substitute for a male or a female influence.”
Almost all previous studies into the benefits of having both a mother and father in the home while a child grows up had compared opposite sex couples to single parents, ignoring same sex couples, she claimed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics represents approximately 60,000 paediatricians in the United States.