American College of Pediatricians calls same-sex marriage ruling ‘a tragic day for America’s children’

A professional medical society with an avowedly conservative outlook is making no bones about its position on Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

In a statement, the president of the American College of Pediatricians called the Obergefell v. Hodges decision a “tragic” one for children.

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“This is a tragic day for America’s children,” Dr. Michelle Cretella wrote. “The SCOTUS has just undermined the single greatest pro-child institution in the history of mankind: the natural family. Just as it did in the joint Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions, the SCOTUS has elevated and enshrined the wants of adults over the needs of children.”

Cretella said it was “disappointing only 4 of the 9 justices heeded the scientific findings” in the amici brief it joined in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that led to the legalization of same sex marriage nationwide.

“The College will continue to proclaim the important unique contributions of both mothers and fathers to the optimal nurturing of all children,” Cretella wrote.

The college said that its research shows that “same-sex marriage deliberately deprives the child of a mother or a father, and is therefore harmful.”

According to its website, the Gainesville, Fla.-based American College of Pediatricians was founded in 2002 by “a group of concerned physicians who saw the need for a pediatric organization that would not be influenced by the politically driven pronouncements of the day. ”

It is pro-life, promotes abstinence from sex until marriage, and promotes “the basic father-mother family unit as the optimal setting for childhood development, while pledging to support all children, regardless of their circumstances.”


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