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Influential pediatricians group backs gay marriage

BY LINDSEY TANNER, AP MEDICAL WRITER

CHICAGO -- The nation's most influential pediatrician's group has endorsed gay marriage, saying a stable relationship between parents regardless of sexual orientation contributes to a child's health and well-being.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' 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, the academy says.

The academy believes that a two-parent marriage is best equipped to provide that kind of environment. Their policy says that if a child has two gay parents who choose to marry, "it is in the best interests of their children that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so."

The policy cites reports indicating that almost 2 million U.S. children are being raised by gay parents, many of them in states that don't allow gays to marry.

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I think that's so fantastic! If only all of the pediatricians, even here in Columbia MD, were this great. I definitely think parents can help their children be healthy, physically and mentally, by just accepting them no matter what. At least, it was a problem with my parents. https://www.klebanowandassociates.com/cgi-bin/index.pl

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