Thursday, March 21st, 2013
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out in favor of same sex marriage, saying that partners who are raising children together can offer better benefits and security for their children if they are married.
“Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage,” said Benjamin Siegel, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and a co-author of the policy statement. “The AAP believes there should be equal opportunity for every couple to access the economic stability and federal supports provided to married couples to raise children.”
The AAP’s previous policy statement, which was last affirmed in 2010, supported second-parent adoption in cases where one member of a couple had a child, but stopped short of calling for the legalization of gay marriage.
“The AAP has long been an advocate for all children, and this updated policy reflects a natural progression in the Academy’s support for families,” said Ellen Perrin, MD, FAAP, co-author of the policy statement. “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.”
The AAP cited scientific research that indicates no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and the well-being of children in the policy statement.
Image: Same sex couple with child, via Shutterstock
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Dan Cathy, who is president of the Chick-fil-A fast food chain, said this week that his company supports “Biblical families.” The comments are among the first since Cathy made controversial comments this summer criticizing gay marriage. The earlier comments had sparked protests and boycott threats. From The Associated Press:
Cathy told Atlanta TV station WXIA in an interview released Wednesday (http://on.11alive.com/PONhtv) that families are important to ‘‘those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage.’’
He added ‘‘we support Biblical families, and they’ve always been a part of that.’’
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
The conservative mother’s organization One Million Moms is calling for a boycott of a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that the moms say has a vulgar and offensive name.
“Schweddy Balls” ice cream was launched in early September as a vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls. Its name comes from a popular Alec Baldwin “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he plays a baker named Pete Schweddy. As The Today Show reports, “The most famous line (and the one most often repeated by drunk frat boys) is his end note: ‘No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.’”
One Million Moms says the name is inappropriate for children and should be boycotted. In a statement on its website, the organization said, “The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.”
The group had previously objected to “Hubby Hubby,” a version of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream that was released in 2009 to celebrate legalized gay marriage.
As for Schweddy Balls, “We’ve been hearing from many fans. It appeals to those who love our irreverent sense of humor,” Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood told Gannett News Service. “If you watch the skit, it’s a lot easier to get the joke,” he said.
(image via: http://abcnews.go.com)