American Academy of Pediatrics Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

By Penny Starr | March 21, 2013 | 5:04pm EDT

A homosexual couple and their adopted daughter. (AP)

( – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a “policy statement” on Wednesday that said it supports “families in all their diversity” as fit for rearing children.

“Children may be born to, adopted by, or cared for temporarily by married couples, non-married couples, single parents, grandparents, or legal guardians, and any of these may be heterosexual, gay or lesbian, or of another orientation,” the abstract of the statement says.

The AAP said their position is in keeping with their history of developing policies “to support, the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.”

The abstract also claims science is on its side.

“Scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs and receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders,” the abstract states.

But critics charge the AAP’s “policy statement” is less about science, children’s health, or medicine and more about politics.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said in a statement provided to that the AAP announcement “has implications which far exceed their area of legitimate expertise, which is medicine.”

“Statements like this from the AAP and other large professional organizations are clearly driven more by political correctness than by the actual state of the research on this issue,” Sprigg said.

“An overwhelming body of social science research has shown conclusively that children raised by their own biological mother and father, committed to one another in a lifelong marriage, are happier, healthier, and more prosperous than children in any other family structure,” Sprigg said.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage told that AAP’s “policy statement,” entitled “Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian,” was an “embarrassment” that was not based on scientific studies.

“The AAP made my point for me,” Brown said. “This is about politics, not science.”

“Children deserve the chance to have both a mom and a dad,” Brown said.

(AP Photo)

“The best interests of children would clearly be served by restoring a marriage culture in this country which encourages the birth of children within marriages and the raising of those children by their own mother and father,” Sprigg said.

The American College of Pediatrics (ACP) is also critical of the AAP and issued a statement on Thursday.

“The American College of Pediatricians reaffirms that the intact, functional family consisting of a married (female) mother and (male) father provides the best opportunity for children,” the statement said. “The College, therefore, disputes the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) claim that supporting same-sex unions promotes the "well-being of children."

"The College does not support the alteration of this time-honored and proven standard to conform to pressures from ‘politically correct’ groups,” Dr. Den Trumbull, president of the ACP said. “No one concerned with the well-being of children can reasonably ignore the evidence for maintaining the current standard, nor can they or we ignore the equally strong evidence that harm to children can result if the current standards are rejected.”

"The AAP ignores generations of evidence of health risks to children in advocating for the legality and legitimacy of same-sex marriage and child-rearing,” Trumbull said.

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