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American Academy of Pediatrics: Gay marriage helps kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced its support for gay marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing same-sex couples to marry is in the best interests of children with gay parents.

From the academy’s policy statement:

On the basis of a review of extensive scientific literature, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) affirms 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."

The statement draws on a four-year review of scientific literature on same-sex marriage, with the policy's authors finding that many of the studies, while varied in methodology, came to the same conclusion:

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