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Married adults are raising 65 percent of America s children. The other 35 are living in a variety of situations, including with single or cohabitating parents, grandparents, foster parents or adoptive parents.

In efforts to support the nearly 2 million children who are being raised by gay or lesbian parents (single and coupled), The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement.


AAP Policy Highlights
AAP supports access for all children to:

  • civil marriage rights for their parents, including gay and lesbian parents.
  • willing and capable foster and adoptive parents regardless of those parents sexual orientation.
  • Data shows normal development in children raised by same-sex parents
  • Marriage of parents is in best interest of their children

Children in US:

  • 2 million children raised by gay or lesbian parent
  • 115,000 children raised by same-sex couples
  • These children live in essentially every county in US
  • Foster care: 400,000 children in foster care, 130,000 adopted by unrelated adults

Marriage in US affects children

  • States differ regarding same-gender unions
  • Defense of Marriage Act deprives parents of same gender Social Security benefit, food stamps, employment benefits, etc
  • AAP states the position that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and should be repealed.
  • Washington is one of nine states allowing legal marriage for same-sex couples

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