home
RSS
Docs: Same-sex marriage benefits kids
March 21st, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Docs: Same-sex marriage benefits kids

Children raised by gay or lesbian couples benefit when their parents are allowed to marry, America’s top pediatrics group said Thursday in support of same-sex marriage.

“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 child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement.

Dr. Ellen Perrin, co-author of the policy statement, says marriage gives children of same-sex couples the same advantages of any married couple’s children.

“Marriage provides permanence and security for children, and those are extremely important for children’s well-being,” said Perrin, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine who specializes in the developmental behavior of children. “(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.”

Almost 2 million children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents, according to the AAP. Only nine states and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex couples to legally marry.

The policy statement comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider two same-sex marriage cases next week. One involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The other involves a California law banning gay marriage.

Critics of same-sex marriage have argued it hurts children, citing research that claims children do better when both a mother and a father are in the home.

In a 2009 story, Dale O'Leary, author of the book "One Man, One Woman: A Catholic's Guide to Defending Marriage," said being raised by a same-sex couple damaged children. All children have a natural desire for a parent of each gender, she says, and children of same-sex couples are forced to repress that desire because their parents won't accept it.

In a 2010 opinion piece, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, said “An eight-year study of girls and their families showed that a father's presence in the home, with appropriate involvement in his children's lives, contributed to daughters' reaching puberty at a later age."

Although Jackson did not provide specifics on the study, Perrin dismisses such concerns and says virtually all the studies evaluating the benefit of having both a mother and a father in the home compare the situation to a one-parent family, typically the mother alone—not to two parents of the same sex.

“This is something that people are often concerned about, but in reality it just isn’t really a problem for these families,” she said. “It’s very clear that other people in the child’s family environment can substitute for a male or a female influence.”

In reaching its conclusion, the American Academy of Pediatrics authors reviewed more than 30 years of scientific research evaluating children raised by gay and lesbian parents.

“There’s no relationship between parents' gender or sexual orientation and their children's well-being,” Perrin said. “Our conclusion is based in the fact that there’s no evidence at all that same-sex marriage harms children in any way.”


soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Jesse Grillo

    When I started my browser this page was running. I shared your blog on Instagram. I bet you would like Idaho. I simply must tell you that your pages are great. When I read your page I could feel myself getting smarter.

    http://Grillo7wSrTclz.yelp.com

    August 30, 2017 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jesse Grillo

    Got sucked into your site for the last few hours. You have made my day! Are there other blogs you work on?

    https://www.scribd.com/JesseRljJSJ2Mg

    September 1, 2017 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tech adviser

    How could any of this be better stated? It could not. I enjoyed reading what you had to say. You really sparked my couriousity. Spot on with this posts.

    http://foodspotting.com/4301196-ruby-dunlap

    September 4, 2017 at 05:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jesse Grillo

    cool insight. Greetings from Michigan! You look at this subject from far more than one angle. Fantastic post! Your website was already loaded when I turned on my computer.

    http://GrillofC2PCHh.livejournal.com/profile

    September 4, 2017 at 09:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Carley Gienger

    Good web site, I will maintain going to this blog site extremely typically.

    http://www.mercurialchaussurepascher.com/

    January 20, 2018 at 08:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chaussure de foot mercurial

    I cant wait to supply additional within your body. That's really an incredible website.

    http://www.frfootball.com/

    January 21, 2018 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. crampon mercurial

    Your blog site is so fantastic as well as helpfull for me due to the fact that i like video game most.And it is the fantastic concept.

    http://www.cramponmercurialsuperfly.com/

    February 6, 2018 at 02:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. franchise opportunities in san diego

    Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

    http://bestfranchisesearch.com/contact.php

    February 7, 2018 at 00:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. crampon mercurial

    I believe this is a helpful post and it is extremely beneficial and well-informed. for that reason, I wish to thank you for the efforts you have actually made in composing this post.

    http://www.cramponsfootmagista.com/

    February 9, 2018 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Patti Siewers

    You have brought in an awesome proving on this post. That's unbelievably understandable and also very practical.

    http://www.chaussurefootballhypervenom.com/

    February 24, 2018 at 06:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. King

    Please respond back as I am actually wishing to create my own site and also would like to determine where you got this off or even precisely just what the theme is referred to as. Thanks!

    https://calciomercurialsuperfly.tumblr.com/

    February 25, 2018 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Qualified Leads

    Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

    http://www.executiveleads.blogspot.com

    July 3, 2018 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. assisted living franchise opportunities

    Terrific post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

    http://www.franchiseroad.net

    March 11, 2019 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jarvis Hollendonner

    I wantedI neededI want toI need to to thank you for this greatexcellentfantasticwonderfulgoodvery good read!! I definitelycertainlyabsolutely enjoyedloved every little bit ofbit of it. I haveI've gotI have got you bookmarkedbook markedbook-markedsaved as a favorite to check outto look at new stuff youthings you post…

    arnoldgerryc.blogspot.com

    July 20, 2019 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ronny Devincent

    Choose a few well-informed followers and get immediate feedback. There are a variety of ways to print the feeds.

    https://itsmyurls.com/outbound/5d249c99b24ed3df0b3d6eac

    August 17, 2019 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. paper sites

    read this

    http://learn.smc.edu.ng/forums/user/melvinfletcher

    November 13, 2019 at 05:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. acheter cialis sans ordonnance

    Mais mieux est encore meilleur. https://www.cialis20.fr

    December 6, 2019 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Rolland Helmkamp

    Can I say such a relief to discover someone that actually knows what theyre referring to over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring a concern to light and work out it crucial. More people need to see this and can see this side of the story. I cant think youre less well-known as you definitely contain the gift.

    https://www.pearltrees.com/johannerat1970/item281658557

    December 21, 2019 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Alex

    He restored my broken relationship just in 48 hours…………Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back! He cured me from herpes virus through herbal means...certainly the best online and..{{https://robinbuckler.com}}}}}}}}...contact:_________________((Robinson.buckler)) @yahoo. com,,...

    November 11, 2020 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Malik Swett

    Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my visitors would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

    https://businessteammanagement34.doodlekit.com/blog/entry/5609905/michael-acton-smith-ompletely-bonkersjourney-to-founding-calm

    November 23, 2020 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. look here electrical contractor

    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!

    https://BobJohnsonblog398.com/

    December 2, 2020 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. detectives privados aviles

    detectives privados pinto

    https://www.argadetectives.com/detectives-rubi-barcelona.html

    December 10, 2020 at 03:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. detectives en ocaña

    detectives privados alcalá de henares

    https://www.argadetectives.com/coslada.html

    December 10, 2020 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. detectives en arcos de la frontera

    detectives privados benalmádena

    https://www.argadetectives.com/arganda-del-rey.html

    December 11, 2020 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Cerys Street

    Hey very nice blog!

    December 13, 2020 at 03:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. bitcoin to paypal

    Transfer from bitcoin to paypal very fast and low cost.

    https://exchanger24.org/xchange_btc_to_ppusd/

    December 15, 2020 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Hannah Helfenstein

    There are very a great deal of details this way to take into consideration. That is a excellent denote bring up. I provde the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you will find questions such as the one you talk about the location where the most important thing will likely be in honest excellent faith. I don?t know if guidelines have emerged about items like that, but Almost certainly that a job is clearly defined as a good game. Both kids feel the impact of only a moment’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

    http://6dollarmillion.xyz

    December 20, 2020 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Nydia Christian

    Hello! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after going
    through some of the articles I realized it's new to me.
    Regardless, I'm definitely delighted I came across it and I'll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

    December 23, 2020 at 02:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Miles Crum

    Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. That is an extremely neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

    December 23, 2020 at 02:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Prince Stawell

    Good post. I'm experiencing some of these issues as well..

    December 24, 2020 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Arturo Smoot

    Hello to all, the contents present at this web page are
    really remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice
    work fellows.

    December 24, 2020 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. make money fast

    Earn 100 commissions of up to 900+ dollars DAILY. 90 Second Set Up – Beta Tested Proven 24-7 AUTOPILOT Income – Live The Internet Lifestyle. More details: https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC

    https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC

    December 26, 2020 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Trent Cadelina

    I just love to read new topics from you blog..`-,’

    http://www.visitonlineshopanaob.widblog.com/a

    December 26, 2020 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Rex Rios

    Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There's a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks

    December 26, 2020 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Paul Levin

    It's remarkable in support of me to have a site, which is useful in support of
    my knowledge. thanks admin

    December 26, 2020 at 21:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Allen

    Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone
    and tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot
    drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is
    now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but
    I had to share it with someone!

    Visit my webpage: JanJLawrey

    December 28, 2020 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Enoch Toop

    Found your blog on Google and I should say that I wholly adored reading it. I’m going to bookmark

    http://www.getthebestdealapcpb.bloguetechno.com/a

    January 1, 2021 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Merrill Mcleland

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

    http://www.visitonlineshopkeysle.shotblogs.com/a

    January 3, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Kelly Shuskey

    Thanks so much the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com/2021/01/36-96.html

    January 3, 2021 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Mazie Irish

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it's really informative.
    I am going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you
    continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

    January 4, 2021 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Trisha Luker

    Your style is very unique compared to other people I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.

    January 4, 2021 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Claretha Furrer

    Thanks so much the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com/2021/01/5.html

    January 5, 2021 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Emanuel Lisser

    Interested in more information. How can I contact you?

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com

    January 7, 2021 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Bernita Parthemer

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 10, 2021 at 03:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Janell Le Fanu

    Greetings from California! I'm bored to tears
    at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone
    during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you present here and can't wait to take
    a look when I get home. I'm shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..

    I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!

    January 11, 2021 at 03:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Marcelo Martinelli

    Hi superb blog! Does running a blog such as this require
    a massive amount work? I have absolutely no expertise in programming however I
    had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you
    have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off topic but I simply wanted to
    ask. Thanks!

    January 11, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Maxie Main

    You’ll find some fascinating points in time in this post but I do not know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity but I will take hold opinion until I appear into it further. Fantastic post , thanks and we want much more! Added to FeedBurner too

    http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com

    January 11, 2021 at 23:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Ashton Weeks

    I'm impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a
    blog that's both equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about.

    Now i'm very happy I found this during my hunt for something regarding
    this.

    January 14, 2021 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Connie Naumann

    Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?

    There's a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your
    content. Please let me know. Thank you

    January 14, 2021 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. BoJDeubner

    I truly love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Have you develop this page yourself? Please reply back as I'm trying
    to create my unique website and desire to know in which you got this from or what the theme is known as.
    Thanks a lot!

    Also visit my site ... BoJDeubner

    January 15, 2021 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4

Leave a Reply to PoBoy


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.