Medical groups come out against amendment

Posted April 25, 2012

— Professional associations representing several types of health care providers used a news conference at the General Assembly to publicized their opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot.

The amendment would add a definition of marriage as between one man and one woman to the state constitution. Backers say the measure merely protects current state law against changes, while opponents warn it could have far reaching consequences for a wide swath of family law.

Backers of the amendment have also claimed that two-parent families with parents of different genders do the best when raising children.

That's not so say doctors opposed the amendment.

"There is no research to suggest that same gender families are any less successful in raising children who are emotionally and behaviorally competent," said Dr. Peter Morris, a pediatrician and past president of the North Carolina Pediatric Society.

Along with the society, representatives of the N.C. Psychological Association, N.C. Psychiatric Association and North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers spoke at Tuesday's news conference. The Carolina's Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' board of directors has also adopted a statement opposing the amendment. 

"Strong, stable families are found not only in heterosexual marriages," said Dr. Harold Carmel of the psychiatric association. He said the debate over the amendment is already "increasing stress" among those families who would be affected. 


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  • hawkeyebus Apr 27, 2012

    The problem with this article is that it completely ignores the vast majority of NC citizens who, if gay marriage is ever passed, will have no right to complain when teachers and others indoctrinate elementary school age children into the gay lifestyle. "Oh, It's OK to be gay" they will say. Yes, those young children will be influenced and their life could be forever changed.

    Also, I wonder if children reared in same-sex homes eventually get married to someone of the opposite sex. What is the percentage?

  • twofer2 Apr 26, 2012

    that observation is so true! It is why no-one who is a member of ANY ostracized group should have their relationship recognized by the state. And that should include a minimum income requirement in order to procreate, along with other factors such as race, religion etc.

  • Krimson Apr 25, 2012

    "There is no research to suggest that same gender families are any less successful in raising children who are emotionally and behaviorally competent..."

    Might I suggest that the ostracization of certain parents/families will put an undue stress upon the child, thereby increasing the chance for emotional or behavioral issues???

    In otherwords, having gay parents doesn't make the child have issues, its the fact that everyone else has a problem with it that gives the child issues...