Minnesota Pediatricians Oppose Marriage Amendment
September 4, 2012 by Guest contributor
Richard Carlbom is the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign working to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for committed, same-sex couples in Minnesota.
The Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week that it opposes the amendment that would ban marriage equality in the state.
“This amendment would be harmful to the health and well-being of children and adolescents in Minnesota,” the group said in a press release.
What’s more, the group said the passage of the amendment could lead to an increase in bullying and violence against LGBT youth.
The MN-AAP joins other medical groups such as the Minnesota Nurses Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association in opposing the amendment.
“More than 25 years of research has documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment,” the MN-AAP said. “Rather, children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family than by the particular structural form it takes.”
We know that same-sex couples want to marry and start families for the same reasons as straight families – for love, commitment and responsibility. The medical community agrees that children are best raised by two loving, committed parents. This amendment would use the constitution to say that some families are less valuable than others in our state.
Learn more about what you can do to defeat the amendment at mnunited.org.
HRC is a proud supporter of the coalition, Minnesotans United for All Families, working to defeat the amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. HRC has set up a special fund – HRC Minnesota Family Freedom PAC – to direct 100 percent of your contribution to defeat the anti-marriage constitutional amendment in Minnesota.
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