Pediatricians Say Ban on Marriage Equality Would Harm Minnesota Youth
October 4, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
A month ago, the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics announced its opposition to the amendment that would ban marriage equality in the state. Now, the president and a member of the group’s policy committee are speaking out about their reasons for opposing the amendment.
In an opinion piece in today’s Duluth News Tribune, Drs. Robert M. Jacobson and Thomas R. Scott make a convincing argument about why Minnesota’s pediatricians took a position on marriage equality.
“First, it would hurt and demean those parents in our practices who are in committed relationships but happen to be of the same sex. … Second, this amendment flies in the face of evidence showing children raised by couples of the same sex in committed relationships thrive and flourish just as well as children raised by couples of the opposite sex. … Finally, this amendment would hurt and demean our adolescent patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themselves.”
The pediatricians are among more than 600 organizations that have come out in opposition to the amendment.
“As pediatricians, we believe the amendment would harm our patients and their families, and, as a result, the communities and the state in which they live. We ask that all Minnesotans committed to the welfare of families and children vote “no” on the marriage amendment in November,” Jacobson and Scott wrote.
Read the full article.
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