Groups say Maine gay marriage law good for kids

Posted March 26, 2009, at 12:26 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Groups representing social workers, psychologists and children’s interests spoke out in favor of a gay marriage bill in the Maine Legislature.

At a news conference Thursday, the groups said their research shows that children thrive in homes where the parents have loving and committed relationships. Dr. David Lilly of the Maine Psychological Association says the development, adjustment and well-being of children does not differ markedly whether their parents are gay or straight.

A hearing on the gay marriage bill is scheduled for April 24 at Cony High School in Augusta.

The Catholic Diocese of Portland and Family Council of Maine oppose the bill, saying it hits on a fundamental issue for many people.

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