150 Medical Professionals Urge Minnesotans to VOTE YES On
Point To Abundant Research That Shows The Best Environment For The Creation And Care For Children Is With A Married Mother And Father
Minneapolis, MN – Today, 150 medical professionals—the vast majority of whom are medical doctors—urged Minnesotans to VOTE YES on Amendment 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment because the state has a vital interest in supporting the best environment for the creation and care of children: a married mother and father. The medical professionals pointed to decades of social science research that shows children do best when reared by their two biological parents.
Their statement reads, “Children develop best when raised within marriage in a secure and recognized relationship to their mother and fathers. No child should ever be intentionally deprived of a mother or father without just cause. Public institutions best promote the welfare of children by affirming that marriage is a unique relationship of one man and one woman, and that marriage, as traditionally understood, is the optimal family setting for raising children.”
Love and commitment are important, but not enough, to ensure child well-being. “Family structure matters to children,” said John I. Lane, MD of Rochester. “Our society has a compelling interest in promoting family structures that produce the best child outcomes. And that, at a basic level, is what marriage does—it binds a man and a woman to any children born from their union.”
According to the American College of Pediatricians: “The family environment in which children are reared plays a critical role in forming a secure gender identity, positive emotional well-being, and optimal academic achievement. Decades of social science research documents that children develop optimally when reared by their two biological parents in a low conflict marriage. The limited research advocating childrearing by same-sex parents has severe methodological limitations…”
“The claim that there are no differences between children raised by gays and lesbians and kids raised by their married mother and father is not supported by any significant body of scientifically rigorous research,” said Dr. Lane. “In fact, the most recent research shows that there are some significant differences.”
“These medical professionals know that traditional marriage is the best environment in which to raise children and we are grateful that they are lending their experience and expertise to the passing of Amendment 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment,” Dr. Lane concluded.
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