The American Academy of Pediatrics announced Thursday that it supports marriage equality for same sex couples. According to the New York Times, the AAP released a policy statement Thursday morning saying that marriage is in the best interests of children living in households headed by same sex parents.
“All children need support and nurturing from stable, healthy, and well functioning adults to become resilient and effective adults,” read the report’s introduction. “On the basis of a review of extensive scientiﬁc literature, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) afﬁrms that “children’s well-being is affected much more by their relationships with their parents, their parents’ sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support for the family than by the gender or the sexual orientation of their parents.”
Thursday’s statement said that same sex marriage strengthens families’ access to rights and benefits and increases those families’ long term stability. The AAP drew on years of scientific study from a number of sources and found that what they all had in common was that whether a child’s parents were the same or mixed gender couples, “no causal relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and children’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral development” could be found. [Shocking! Just shocking! Read the rest here.]
But, but, but... the American College of Pediatricians cites junk science "evidence" to vehemently oppose equal marriage. However, the ACP is a tiny ideological splinter group, founded in 2002 in protest of the AAP's support of adoption by same-sex couples.
The ACP is one of a number of "impostor" associations that hope the public will confuse them with legitimate, mainstream organizations: the "American Association of Physicians and Surgeons" (not the American Medical Association) opposes abortion access and healthcare reform; the "American Civil Rights Union" is a right-wing group with no relation to the ACLU; "60 Plus" (no relation to the AARP) was largely funded by a single anonymous donor, and worked to undermine Social Security and Medicare.