Washington, DC—The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stands behind today's 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, which affirms the right of same-gender couples to marry in all 50 states.
"Every child needs stable, nurturing relationships to thrive, and marriage is one way to support and recognize those relationships," said Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, AAP president. "Today's historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court supports children in families with same-gender parents. If a child has two loving and capable parents who choose to create a permanent bond, it's in the best interest of their children that legal institutions allow them to do so."
In 2013, the AAP issued a policy statement and technical report with recommendations in support of civil marriage for same-gender couples; adoption by single parents, co-parents or second parents regardless of sexual orientation; and foster care placement regardless of sexual orientation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.