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Pediatricians: Gay Rights Are Good For Kids

  • 03.22.13 11:07 AM EDT

The American Academy Of Pediatrics, one of the country's most influential group of pediatricians, has come out in support of gay marriage and allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.

The organization's new policy, published online Thursday, "cites research showing that the parents’ sexual orientation has no effect on a child’s development. Kids fare just as well in gay or straight families when they are nurturing and financially and emotionally stable" per the article.

However, the organization's argument is not political or aimed at reducing inequalities faced by gay adults; rather, they make the argument from a less common angle: that allowing gay people equal treatment of the law is doing what's best for children.  

"On the basis of this comprehensive review of the literature regarding the development and adjustment of children whose parents are the same gender, as well as the existing evidence for the legal, social, and health benefits of marriage to children, the AAP concludes that it is in the best interests of children that they be able to partake in the security of permanent nurturing and care that comes with the civil marriage of their parents,without regard to their parents’ gender or sexual orientation."

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a 60,000 member group that has long been friendly to gay rights.