John Feinblatt (R) and Jonathan Mintz (L) celebrate after marrying with their daughters Maeve (BOTTOM-L) and Georgia at Gracie Mansion on July 24, 2011 in New York City. The longtime partners work at City Hall for Mayor Bloomberg who …
CHICAGO (AP) - The nation's most influential pediatrician's group says research shows that parents' sexual orientation has no effect on a child's development and that kids fare just as well in financially and emotionally stable straight or same-sex families.
The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsement of same-sex marriage has been published online, citing the belief that a two-parent marriage is best equipped to provide the right environment. Their policy says that if a child has two same-sex parents who choose to marry, it's in everyone's best interests for "legal and social institutions allow and support them."
The policy cites reports indicating that almost 2 million U.S. children are being raised by same-sex parents.
Officials with the group said they wanted to make the academy's views known before two same-sex marriage cases are considered by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.
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The death toll from Monday's tornado in Moore stands at 24, but officials say six people are still unaccounted for.
Two days after an EF-5 tornado tore through the town of Moore, Okla., residents are being allowed to return to where their homes once stood.
The Detroit Fire Department is on the scene of a fire at a vacant commercial building in southwest Detroit.