Now children's doctors say it's time for same-sex marriage to be the law of the land.
For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement Thursday that it favors "civil marriage for same-gender couples — as well as full adoption and foster care rights for parents regardless of their sexual orientation ...."
The leading group of doctors serving kids said the policy is best for them. "Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage," said a statement from Dr. Benjamin Siegel, chair of the group's committee on psychosocial aspects of child and family health, and a co-author of the policy pronouncement.
The group, which has been outspoken on social issues, also affirmed its opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.
Previously, the pediatricians had supported "second-parent adoption" as a method for partners of the same sex to safeguard children's relationships with both parents and to assure eligibility for health benefits and financial security.
The new policy statement, citing 2010 census data, estimates that same-gender couples are raising about 115,000 children in the U.S. and that these families can be found in just about every county in every state across the country.
The group said the policy is supported by decades of research. "Many studies have demonstrated 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," says the technical report accompanying the policy change.It's nice to be able to report some good news for a change. Legalization of same-sex marriage is inevitable, and religious people need to accept that and get with the program.