MN Children’s Hospital CEO: Family’s Love Matters More Than its Form
October 17, 2012 by Charlie Joughin
Dr. Alan Goldbloom, president and CEO of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, is speaking out against the discriminatory anti-equality marriage amendment that will appear on the ballot in that state on Election Day.
In an op-ed that appeared in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr. Goldbloom dismantles our opponents’ claim that marriage equality would somehow harm children. He writes:
“During my four decades of involvement in children's health care, I have seen my share of issues that harm children. However, from this time I can't cite a single case in which the presence of loving, committed parents, heterosexual or homosexual, has negatively affected a child. In fact, all the evidence points to the opposite. Children are far more likely to thrive when they are in a stable family with loving parents, or in many cases, a loving single parent.”
He goes on to state that this isn’t a matter of opinion, but rather, facts that have been previously spelled out by research from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recently spoke out against the ballot measure.
Dr. Goldbloom closed the piece with a request of Minnesota voters:
“Ultimately, this amendment isn't about law or politics, it's about people. Constitutions should be used to enshrine freedoms, not limit them. Minnesota has an opportunity to be on the right side of history in this important vote. Please carefully consider the impact on children and the role of family when making a decision. When you do, vote no.”
Take a look at the op-ed on the Star Tribune website, and be sure to visit the Minnesotans United for All Families site to learn more about how this amendment would harm all Minnesotans – especially children.
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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