Commend American Academy of Pediatrics for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

AAP support gay marriage

Target: Doctors of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Goal: Applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics for publicly supporting same-sex marriage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time. The AAP issued a public statement saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry is in the best interests of their children. The AAP has reviewed scientific literature on the matter for more than four years and has now published a 10-page report supporting their stance on gay marriage. Thank the AAP for standing up for LGBT rights, and especially the children of LGBT parents.

The published report states that the AAP “has supported families in all their diversity, because the family has always been the basic social unit in which children develop the supporting and nurturing relationships with adults that they need to thrive.”  The organization determined that same-sex marriage helps guarantee rights, benefits, and long-term security for children. In addition, the academy cited research finding that a child’s well-being is much more affected by the strength of relationships among family members than by sexual orientation of the parents. There is also evidence that demonstrates that children raised by gay or lesbian parents fare just as well as peers raised by heterosexuals in emotional, cognitive, and social functioning.

Pediatricians are strong advocates for children and adolescents, and the AAP’s stance on gay marriage not only comes from a human rights stance but also from a pediatric health stance. The AAP is declaring that same-sex marriages are beneficial for children in the long run. Regardless of the sexual orientation of the parents, children need secure and stable families with committed and nurturing adults. Sign the petition below to commend the AAP for promoting the well-being of children with LGBT parents and supporting gay rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear AAP Doctors,

I would like to commend you for publicly supporting same-sex marriage. Your stance on this matter from a pediatric standpoint strengthens the cause and re-affirms the LGBT community’s rights to equality. The AAP’s public statement declares that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry is in the best interests of their children. Regardless of the sexual orientation of the parents, children need secure and stable families with committed and nurturing adults; and many LGBT parents can provide this type of environment just as well as heterosexual parents.

The AAP’s 10-page report supporting gay marriage also states that children raised by gay or lesbian parents fare just as well as peers raised by heterosexuals in emotional, cognitive, and social functioning. In addition, same-sex marriage helps guarantee rights, benefits, and long-term security for children. With all of these findings, it is clear to see that same-sex marriage benefits the well-being of children. Your organization’s position on this subject is commendable and I would like to thank you for standing up for LGBT parents and their children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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