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Children benefit from same sex marriage, doctors claim

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.

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  1. Lukey says:

    “Gay marriage is good for children with same sex parents”
    “She insisted that the gender of parents was unimportant”
    Based on what peer reviewed long term studies are these statements made ? I am not blaming the messenger Marilyn (i.e. you for putting it up) because it IS interesting & amusing to see how such Dr’s push their agenda – but I suspect this Dr is just pulling these claims out of her backside !

    There is another article on your blog where somebody else is claiming the exact opposite – i.e. that divorce doesn’t affect children and so marriage is not important !

    I am not saying that all the statements in this article (or the other article which says the exact opposite) are necessarily false – but I am saying that such statements by the good Dr are purely an opinion and are effectively hogwash.

  2. Yuri says:

    11 year old stumps politicians with gay marriage question.

    In her video testimony this 11 year old girl asked a very simple and direct question of politicians in an American state that is deciding on gay marriage.

    Her question was “Which parent do I not need. My mum or my Dad?”

    Despite repeating the question she received no answer.

  3. A says:

    divorce, infact, does harm children physically, mentally, and emotionally. in the first divorce of my parents i became sevearly depressed and sick all the time. this second divorce that my step mom and my dad are going through i am mildly depressed and avoiding home at any cost.

  4. A says:

    divorce, infact, does affect children in all aspects (ie. mentally physically and emotionally) during the divorce between my mother and my father i became sevearly depressed and sick and grew a distachment. now during the divorce of my step-mother and father im mildy depressed, mildly violent, and avoiding home at all costs as much as possible. it really irritates me when ignorant people argue that divorce wont harm children. the happier the parents are together ( homo or hetero) the happier, heathier and better off the kids will be!

  5. Respondent says:

    “it really irritates me when ignorant people argue that divorce wont harm children.”

    Indeed, and for this you have a load of academics, social workers, lawyers, judges, politicians and other so-called “experts” (including child protection officers, ironically but perhaps predictably) to thank. They all profit immensely from the divorce industry and continue to deny the violence to children that they themselves are perpetuating.

    Getting back to the subject, though, I have no problem with the doctor’s claims, and gender shouldn’t matter. What I have a problem with is the way in which claims to gender neutrality are only ever made in order to deny the otherwise self-evident facts that gender is the overriding factor in determining residency at separation, and that family law is shot through with assumptions about gender.

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