The Home for Little Wanderers applauds the American Academy of Pediatrics’ decision to publicly support gay marriage. In Dr. Claire McCarthy’s piece “Why backing same-sex marriage is good for children” (G section, March 25), she notes, “All children deserve to be raised in a secure stable family that can give them the love, nurturing, and resources they need. Marriage — not civil unions or something else shy of marriage — helps give children all those things.”
Same-sex couples often turn to adoption to raise a child. With roughly 400,000 children in the foster care system nationwide in need of secure, adoptive families, we cannot afford to discriminate against one’s marital rights based on sexual orientation.